Patralu in India

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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Patralu
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 145,000
World Population: 145,000
Primary Language: Odia
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

There are three subgroups among the Patralu people. The Patra Gurika live in Andhra Pradesh. They speak, read and write in Telugu, the language of Andhra Pradesh.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of the Patra Gurika work as agricultural laborers. Their literacy level is improving but the gospel may still need to be presented in oral form. Widows cannot marry again but widowers can. Sons inherit the property on the death of the father. Unlike most Hindu communities, the Patra Gurika community buries their dead.

What Are Their Beliefs?

These people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. 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.

What Are Their Needs?

The Patra Gurikas need the opportunity to be reconciled to the true and living God.

Prayer Points

Pray for spiritual openness to the only Savior. Pray for faithful intercessors and workers. Pray that God lead them into a disciple making movement.

Text Source:   Keith Carey