Madiga (Hindu traditions) in India

The Madiga (Hindu traditions) have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

Madiga people are a scheduled caste, which means they have very little status in India.


Where Are they Located?

They are found mainly in the southern states of India: Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and also Maharashtra. In Andhra Pradesh, they are also called Adi Andhra, and Jambvalu. They live mainly in the rural regions.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Traditional work of Madiga people is making footwear, leather work and tanning. The women help in hide tanning, and act as midwives. They work in agriculture, though not many own their own land. In urban regions, many work in industry. They are not vegetarians, and they eat beef, and rice cereal. They are usually less than average in height.

Madiga people speak, read, and write Telugu, and also Tamil. This is important, because audio and visual Bible resources are available both of these large languages. They are not all literate.

Marriage is permitted among cousins. Marriages are usually arranged by exchange or by discussion among family members. Divorce is not allowed, but the bereaved may remarry. Inheritance goes to the oldest son.

A traditional caste council judges in disputes among Madiga people.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Madiga people are mostly Hindus, though they are not vegetarian. Some are Buddhists, and it is reported that many have become Christians.


What Are Their Needs?

Though Madiga people speak many languages in their localities, Bible audio and written resources are not available in every language they speak. Since their literacy rate is low, there is a particular need for audio resources in a language that they are able to understand, if not their own heart language.
They need to understand that the gods they worship cannot give them eternal life, nor can they correct their sin issues.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Madiga (Hindu traditions) in India.

Pray that those who are true believers will lead those who are not to an understanding of the true creator God who loves them and paid the penalty for their sins. Pray for new church planting activities among them.

Pray that Christ followers will have a major positive influence in every area of Madiga community life.

Pray that increased educational opportunities among Madiga people will improve their quality of life.

Pray that their need for literacy skills will be met by disciples who can help them with reading and basic skills.


References

Singh, K.S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford university Press, USA 1999
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/2016/10/17


Profile Source:   Karen Hightower  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-11-21
People Name General Madiga (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Madiga (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation MAH-dee-gah
Population this Country 8,969,000
Population all Countries 8,969,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 179
Alternate Names Adi Andhra; Adi Jambava; Adi-Jambava Matanga; Arundhatiya; Arundhatiyan; Baineedu; Gosangi; Jambava; Jambavalu; Jambavu; Jamuni; Madari; Madgi; Madigollu; Mathanga; Mathanpa; Purunbhatta; Tambuva; माडीगा (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17397
ROP3 Code 112795
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 30
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Andhra Pradesh
4,045,000
Telangana
3,799,000
Karnataka
1,062,000
Maharashtra
18,000
West Bengal
9,300
Tamil Nadu
6,800
Chhattisgarh
6,800
Kerala
3,100
Jharkhand
3,100
Odisha
3,000
Delhi
2,800
Gujarat
2,400
Madhya Pradesh
2,400
Assam
1,200
Puducherry
900
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 30  (only 20 largest shown)
  Andhra Pradesh 4,045,000
  Telangana 3,799,000
  Karnataka 1,062,000
  Maharashtra 18,000
  West Bengal 9,300
  Tamil Nadu 6,800
  Chhattisgarh 6,800
  Kerala 3,100
  Jharkhand 3,100
  Odisha 3,000
  Delhi 2,800
  Gujarat 2,400
  Madhya Pradesh 2,400
  Assam 1,200
  Puducherry 900
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Telugu (7,764,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Kannada
91,000
Odia
300
English
100
Tulu
Primary Language Telugu (7,764,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Kannada 91,000
  Odia 300
  English 100
  Tulu 10
People Groups Speaking Telugu

Primary Language:  Telugu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1812-1966)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1818-1989)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1854-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Telugu
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Story
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.14 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.13 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.73 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Sabyasachi Dasgupta - Wikimedia  Creative Commons 
Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source Karen Hightower  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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