Halwakki Wakkal in India

Halwakki Wakkal
Photo Source:  Ramesh Lalwani  Creative Commons  Used with permission
Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Halwakki Wakkal
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 138,000
World Population: 138,000
Primary Language: Kannada
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.33 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Halvakki refers to milk and rice. Other communities associate them with rice. The Halakki are a subgroup of the Vokkaliga community. They are a tribal community, which means they have low status in India. The Halvakki Vakkal live in Karnataka. They speak, read and write in Kannada, the language of Karnataka.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Looking after livestock, cultivating and horticulture are their main sources of work. They are noted for living a very traditional way of life. Women wear six layers of beads, necklaces and nose rings. Their jewelry is made from stones and other natural materials. The Halvakki Vakkal are monogamous and have cross cousin marriages. Divorcees can marry again. Boys are educated more than girls. They use both traditional and modern medicines.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They are a Hindu people group, although they also have their own traditional beliefs. Spiritual beliefs of Hindus are very diverse from those who worship only one god to those who worship hundreds of them to those who are philosophical and do not worship any.

What Are Their Needs?

The Halvakki Vakkal people need to take on the abundant life offered only by Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points

* Pray for intercessors and workers to go to them until there is a movement to Christ. * Pray for spiritual hunger and a thirst for God's righteousness. * Pray that gospel materials will lead them to put their faith in Christ alone.

Text Source:   Keith Carey