Vadugan Kapu in India

The Kapu Vadugan 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

The Kapu Vadugan or Kammas are a Telugu speaking agricultural caste of south India. In the Middle Ages they served as governors and military officers for the Hindu dynasties of south India. In modern times they are a landowner peasant group of upper Shudras, the fourth worker caste of Hinduism. Most Vadugan migrated south from Andhra Pradesh to Tamil Nadu. Their primary occupations are landowning and farming. The Vadugan kept their language of Telugu in regions where most people speak Tamil. Parents see education as a priority and many Vadugan have graduated from universities and have professional careers. Many Kapu have entered politics and government service where they serve as administrators and public servants.
Many Christian resources are available in Telugu including a complete Bible and the JESUS Film.


Where Are they Located?

The Kapu Vadugan people live in the southern tip of India in Tamil Nadu and Kerala states.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The lifestyle of a Vadugan depends upon his or her level of education and place of residence. Urban Vadugan hold high positions in government, universities, the military and businesses. The Vadugan are some of the most politically active castes in south India. Less educated, rural Vadugan own farmland that is often worked by others.

Vadugan marry within their group but not within their particular clan. Families arrange marriages with the consent of the young people. Sons inherit property from their parents. Newly married couples used to live with or near the grooms’ parents. But now urban Vadugan live where they can find employment.

The Kapu are not vegetarians but as Hindus will not eat beef.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Vadugan practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They pay special devotion to Shiva, the destroyer god. 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 Vadugan 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 many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

The main yearly holidays of the Kapu 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.


What Are Their Needs?

The Vadugan need to realize that power and wealth will not bring them the joy and peace they seek. Jesus Christ alone can forgive their sins and get them right with the one, true God.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Kapu Vadugan in India.

* Pray that persons and households of peace will be found among the Vadugan people who will catalyze movements to Jesus among their own people.
* Pray the Lord will start a movement of Vadugan families experiencing God's blessings.
* Pray for workers needed to sow God's Word into Vadugan families, healing and strengthening their households with God's blessings.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kapu_(caste)


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Kapu Vadugan
People Name in Country Kapu Vadugan
Natural Name Vadugan Kapu
World Population 22,000
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 Vadugan; Vadukan; कापु वदूगन
People ID 21154
ROP3 Code 117977
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 2
Largest States
Tamil Nadu
22,000
Kerala
60
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 2
  Tamil Nadu 22,000
  Kerala 60
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Telugu (22,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Konkani
20
Primary Language Telugu (22,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Konkani 20
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
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 (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Telugu
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 Telugu
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Pearl of Great Price
Film / Video The Story
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
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.
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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