Baineedu Madiga in India

The Madiga Baineedu have only been reported in India
Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Baineedu are a subgroup of the Madiga, a Dalit artisan group. Their job involves working with leather goods, which gives them very low status in Hindu society. They are Dalits, among the lowest of the low.

Where Are they Located?

This Hindu community lives in Andhra Pradesh, a state in southeastern India.

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. They are usually less than average in height.

Today they are benefitting from India’s “reservation” system which allows low status people groups reservations into certain government jobs and allows for some of them to attend universities. A small number of Baineedu Madiga young men have gone into the computer industry where status is not determined by ancestry but by talent.

Baineedu Madiga family heads arrange marriages, often between cousins. They don’t allow for divorce, but those who are widowed can remarry. Inheritance goes to the oldest son.

What Are Their Beliefs?

At the popular level, which is where the Baineedu Madiga people are, 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. Many Dalits believe that by faithfully performing the tasks they have been given they are likely to be reincarnated into a higher caste in their next life.

What Are Their Needs?

The Baineedu Madiga people need to find their dignity and identity in Jesus Christ, the one who reached out to those that others despised and brought them higher.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Madiga Baineedu in India.

* Pray for gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Baineedu Madiga people for Jesus and that in God’s sovereign timing their hearts would be open and ready to follow Him.
* Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended Baineedu Madiga families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group.
* Pray for the spiritual lives of the Baineedu Madiga people to become fruitful as they follow Christ.
* Pray for the lives and culture of the Baineedu Madiga people to evidence the rule and reign of the Kingdom of God as they open to the gospel, and for the beauty of Jesus to be seen in them.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Madiga Baineedu
People Name in Country Madiga Baineedu
Natural Name Baineedu Madiga
Population this Country 8,900
Population all Countries 8,900
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names माडीगा बैनीडू
People ID 21376
ROP3 Code 118227
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
  Andhra Pradesh 8,900
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Telugu (8,900 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Telugu (8,900 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
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
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 (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 Story
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Audio Bible app as APK File from FCBH
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
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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