Gaddi (Hindu traditions) in India

The Gaddi (Hindu traditions) 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: 2

Subgroup Name Population
Brahmin 16,000
Rajput 16,000

Introduction / History

The name Gaddi is derived from the word gaderan, the local name for the hilly tracts of Himachal Pradesh. They are a scheduled tribe, and many make their living by sheep raising and farming.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Each Gaddi household consists of a nuclear family. Houses are generally two or three stories, with balconies and paved courtyards. The ground floor is used for keeping cattle, while the second story is used for living, sleeping and cooking.

Hindu Gaddi villages are usually located on steep slopes. Women take part in agriculture and animal husbandry and contribute to the family income.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Hindu Gaddi people adhere to the traditional local religions of South Asia. 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 literacy rate of this tribe is probably low. The gospel message needs to come in oral forms as well as in written forms. Pray believers living near the Gaddi will not ignore their situation but instead by drawn to share Christ with them.


Prayer Points

Pray that when there are Gaddi Christian believers, that they will live holy lives, and will learn to live in the power of God's Spirit.

Pray new Christian believers will be accepted by the rest of their community.

Pray for improved living conditions for the Gaddi community, with better employment opportunities.


Scripture Prayers for the Gaddi (Hindu traditions) in India.


References

http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2007/10/30


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Gaddi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Gaddi (Hindu traditions)
Population this Country 277,000
Population all Countries 277,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 6
Alternate Names गद्दी
People ID 21558
ROP3 Code 118353
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 10
Largest States
Himachal Pradesh
209,000
Jammu and Kashmir
52,000
Delhi
9,000
Uttar Pradesh
4,100
Ladakh
200
Punjab
200
Uttarakhand
200
Haryana
100
Rajasthan
30
Chandigarh
20
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 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 10
  Himachal Pradesh 209,000
  Jammu and Kashmir 52,000
  Delhi 9,000
  Uttar Pradesh 4,100
  Ladakh 200
  Punjab 200
  Uttarakhand 200
  Haryana 100
  Rajasthan 30
  Chandigarh 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.02 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.85 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.11 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Gaddi (175,000 speakers)
Language Code gbk   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 26
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Dogri
16,000
Hindi
9,900
Kangri
7,200
Gujari
6,900
Bhattiyali
6,300
Punjabi, Eastern
4,800
Kashmiri
4,300
Churahi
1,200
Bhadrawahi
800
Bhojpuri
400
Urdu
300
Chambeali
200
Ladakhi
100
Garhwali
80
Zangskari
70
Primary Language Gaddi (175,000 speakers)
Language Code gbk   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 26
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Dogri 16,000
  Hindi 9,900
  Kangri 7,200
  Gujari 6,900
  Bhattiyali 6,300
  Punjabi, Eastern 4,800
  Kashmiri 4,300
  Churahi 1,200
  Bhadrawahi 800
  Bhojpuri 400
  Urdu 300
  Chambeali 200
  Ladakhi 100
  Garhwali 80
  Zangskari 70
People Groups Speaking Gaddi

Primary Language:  Gaddi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2017-2021)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General Gospel website in this language General / Other
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store Operation Agape
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Gaddi YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Online New Testament (Bibles India) Operation Agape
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more