Musugu Balija in India

The Musugu Balija have only been reported in India
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* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Introduction / History

The Balija is a subcaste of the larger Kapu community. The Baligas have subgroups, one of which is the Musugu. They live in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Indian government is trying to help the Musugu Balija community to get the education and healthcare they lack. They do this through a "reservation" system involving reserving a certain number of positions in colleges and professional jobs for those in this category.
The Musugu Balija have been traders and money lenders, so their status is not as low as many other communities.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Musugu Balija community practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They 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 like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.
Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like 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.


What Are Their Needs?

The Musugu Balija people need to accept the warm embrace of the only savior so they can enjoy spiritually meaningful lives.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Holy Spirit to work mightily in their communities, blessing them in every way.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Musugu Balija people a love for God's word and a desire to spread its influence.
Pray for signs and wonders among them and for great breakthroughs with a rapid multiplication of disciples and house churches.
Pray for bold workers who are driven by the love of the Holy Spirit to go to them.
Pray for an unstoppable movement to Christ among them.


Scripture Prayers for the Balija Musugu in India.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balija
https://www.cs.odu.edu/~salam/wsdl/inforet/wikihtml/Balija.html


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Balija Musugu
People Name in Country Balija Musugu
Natural Name Musugu Balija
Alternate Names Balija Naidu; Musugu; बलिजा मुसुगू
Population this Country 27,000
Population all Countries 27,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 21094
ROP3 Code 117918
ROP25 Code 300768
ROP25 Name Balija
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 3
Largest States
Telangana
25,000
Andhra Pradesh
1,300
Tamil Nadu
200
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 3
  Telangana 25,000
  Andhra Pradesh 1,300
  Tamil Nadu 200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
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.
Primary Language Telugu (22,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Kannada
800
Primary Language Telugu (22,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Kannada 800
People Groups Speaking Telugu

Primary Language:  Telugu

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Bible-Portions Yes  (1812-1966)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1818-1989)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1854-2022)
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