Pagadai in India

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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Pagadai
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 9,500
World Population: 9,500
Primary Language: Tamil
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Pagadai are a scheduled caste living in Tamil Nadu. They speak Telugu and Tamil and read and write in Tamil.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Pagadai work as sweepers in the towns and as agricultural laborers in the rural regions. They have a low literacy level, so the gospel will need to be given in oral form in addition to written form. They use indigenous and traditional medicines.
The Pagadai prefer cross-cousin marriages. They are endogamous, which means they prefer marriages within their community. Women help with financial matters.
They are not vegetarian. They eat beef and pork. Rice is their staple food.

What Are Their Beliefs?

These people need to realize that they cannot please God without being empowered by the Holy Spirit. They cannot have the Holy Spirit without Jesus Christ.

What Are Their Needs?

Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Pagadai communities.
Pray for the Pagadai people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.
Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Pagadai people to change their society from within.
Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers disciples to make more disciples.

Prayer Points

Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999

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