• PEOPLE CLUSTER: TELUGU

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By Kerry Olson

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QUICK FACTS:

People groups: 81

Population: 49,802,700

Unreached people groups: 77

UPG population: 49,626,950

Unengaged UPGs: 47

UUPG population: 4,117,250

Number of countries: 12


Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples

Overview: The Telugu are a Dravidian ethnic group of India, native to the state of Andhra Pradesh but with significant presence in other neighboring states. They speak the Telugu language, the third most commonly spoken language in India after Hindi and Bengali. The Telugu people cluster encompasses numerous occupational castes that share the Telugu language. Most Telugu are Hindus, but a few Telugu subgroups follow either Christianity or Islam.

Peoples within this cluster: Accukattavandlu; Agnikula Kshatriya; Aguru; Aiyarakulu; Bandollu; Bania, Agarwal, Telugu; Bestha; Bhatrajulu; Bhovi; Bolla; Budabukkala; Chakali, Chakala; Chippollu; Darzi, Telugu; Dasari; Dhobi, Telugu; Eneti Dora; Gandalla; Gangireddula; Idiga; Jakkula; Jalari; Jandra; Jangam; Jati Pillai; Jethi; Jhadi; Kaikala; Kakmara; Kalavantulu; Kambalattan; Kamma; Kampa; Kanchari; Karnibhaktulu; Katipamula; Konda Palli Reddiar; Kuluvan; Kurakula; Mandula; Medari; Mudiraj; Nai, Telugu; Nakhasa; Nili; Nilkanth; Noor Basha; Od; Pambala; Pamula; Pariki Muggula; Rajput, Telugu; Rangani; Reddika; Reddiyar; Sadaru; Sadhu Chetty; Salivahana; Samayavallu; Shaikh, Telugu; Sudugadu Siddha; Telengi; Teli, Telugu; Telugu; Tenugu; Thogataveera Kshatriya; Tolakari; Vadugan; Wadar; Yadava, Telugu; Yata

Countries where they are found: Bahrain; Bangladesh; Canada; India; Kuwait; Malaysia; Myanmar; Pakistan; Singapore; Sri Lanka; United Arab Emirates; United States


People groups: 81

Population: 49,802,700

Unreached people groups: 77

UPG population: 49,626,950

Unengaged UPGs: 47

UUPG population: 4,117,250

Number of countries: 12