Soligaru in India

The Soligaru 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: 5

Subgroup Name Population
Kadu 900
Male 900
Pujari 900
Urali 900
Urubatti 900

Introduction / History

The Soligas people are a shy nomadic people who have lived in the Biligiriranga Hills region of southern Karnataka for hundreds of years.


Where Are they Located?

The Soligaru people live in Karnataka.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They are influenced little by modern ways, although younger generations are leaving and learning other ways.
Soligaru people harvest honey, berries, and timber from the forest. They are also cultivators of pigeon peas, beans, pumpkins, and millet for their own use. They build small shelters (pudus) deep in the forests of southern and western Ghats.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Soligaru people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is more of a catch-all phrase for the indigenous religions of South Asia, so there are many forms of it, each with its own deities and beliefs. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods whom they believe will give them favor and protection, much like a business transaction. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews.


What Are Their Needs?

Although audio, visual, and written Bible resources are available in Kannada, the spoken language of Soligaru people, they remain unreached with the truth of the gospel. Their greatest need is to understand the infinite love of almighty God for them, and His provisional payment of the penalty for their sins. They need missionaries to go to them as Christ-bearers.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Soligaru in India.

* Pray for the Soligaru culture to be renewed and enhanced by a work of the Holy Spirit and shaped into a God-centered and God-honoring mold.
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to move among Soligaru family and community leaders to seek His face and enjoy His blessings.
* Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers who will be compelled to nurture a disciple-making movement among the Soligaru people.
* Pray that soon Soligaru family leaders will have faith that will lead them to live honorable lives that will draw other families to the Savior.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/18798/IN


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Soligaru
People Name in Country Soligaru
World Population 34,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Gowda; सोलीगारु
People ID 18798
ROP3 Code 114488
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)
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 1
  Karnataka 34,000
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Kannada (17,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 11
Secondary Languages
Sholaga
11,000
Telugu
4,200
Tamil
500
Tulu
80
Marathi
60
Konkani
20
Hindi
10
Malayalam
10
Urdu
Gujarati
Primary Language Kannada (17,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 11
Secondary Languages
  Sholaga 11,000
  Telugu 4,200
  Tamil 500
  Tulu 80
  Marathi 60
  Konkani 20
  Hindi 10
  Malayalam 10
  Urdu 10
  Gujarati 0
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
Virtual Storehouse
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
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 Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ಕನ್ನಡ - Kannada
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter International Bible Society
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.08 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.62 %
Islam
0.16 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.12 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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