Samagara in India

The Samagara 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.

Subgroups: 3

Subgroup Name Population
Kannada 1,100
Arya Samagara 1,000
Arisa Unknown

Introduction / History

The Samagara people live mainly in the South Indian states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The main occupation of the Samagara is the production of leather and manufacture of footwear. Presently a large number have switched over to other professions. Education among the present generation is on the rise. Women work and also wield power in making decisions. In addition to Malayalam they also speak Kannada and Tula. A certain cluster of families are highly educated and work in the professions.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Samagara practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain "moksha" or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Samagara visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods as Christians do. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. The main yearly holidays of the Samagara people are Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the celebration of autumn and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday. The caste system divides Hindus into four main categories - Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and the Shudras. Dalits and tribal peoples are outside of the caste system. The Samagara are devotees of Shiva, the destroyer god and Durga, the mother goddess. They conduct regular satsang (worship) on Sundays.


What Are Their Needs?

The Samagara need financial help to rise out of poverty. Once given an opportunity, they will probably advance quickly. Most of all the Samagara need to hear and understand the message of Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and grant them eternal life.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Samagara in India.

Pray for the Lord to send out workers to the Samagara people to tell them the gospel. Pray for a spiritual hunger that will give the Samagara people a willingness to receive the blessings of Jesus Christ. Pray for a disciple making movement that will bless the Samagara people this decade.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Samagara
People Name in Country Samagara
Population this Country 89,000
Population all Countries 89,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Chamagar; Chambar; समगरा
People ID 18008
ROP3 Code 113501
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 7
Largest States
Karnataka
88,000
Telangana
1,000
Goa
200
Kerala
100
Andhra Pradesh
70
Tamil Nadu
40
Puducherry
10
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 7
  Karnataka 88,000
  Telangana 1,000
  Goa 200
  Kerala 100
  Andhra Pradesh 70
  Tamil Nadu 40
  Puducherry 10
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Kannada (73,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
Marathi
14,000
Konkani, Goan
1,400
Telugu
600
Tulu
500
Konkani
300
Malayalam
70
Primary Language Kannada (73,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
  Marathi 14,000
  Konkani, Goan 1,400
  Telugu 600
  Tulu 500
  Konkani 300
  Malayalam 70
People Groups Speaking Kannada

Primary Language:  Kannada

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1812-1988)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1823-1995)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1827-2016)
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 (GRN)
Audio Recordings Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Kannada
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kannada
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Audio Bible app as APK File from FCBH
Mobile App Download Audio Bible app from Google Play Store
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ಕನ್ನಡ - Kannada
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.32 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.68 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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