People-in-Country Profile

People Selector:
Print version:
Step 1 - Select a Country:   Send us your updates!
Step 2 - Select a People:  

Kisan in India


Send us a photo of this people.  [1]

Kisan in India map

Flash Map
Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,686,000 Hindi Hinduism 1.86 % Unknown   

Kisan in India

Profile Text
Submit Profile Text:

Introduction / History
The Kisan live in India, in the states of Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar and Orissa. Many Kisan may now be living in Jharkhand in India. They are classed as a Scheduled Tribe. This benefits them in work, parliament and with other benefits. Kisan means "farmer". They are called by names according to the states they live in. In Orissa they are called Kor, Kuda and Mirdha and also Bihor, Kola and Morua. In Bihar they are called Nageshwar and Nagesia.

The Kisan use the languages of the states they live in. In Bihar they speak Sadri and use Devanagari for writing. In West Bengal, Sadri is the main language and they also speak and write in Bengali. In Orissa they speak Kisan and Oriya and use Oriya for writing.

Most of them are landowners who cultivate and agriculture is their main occupation. Those who have no land usually work as agricultural laborers. In West Bengal they often work on tea plantations.

Many Kisan sell products such as honey and wild flowers. They eat rice, mutton, poultry and eggs among other foods. The Kisan men drink alcohol, mostly locally brewed or home brewed. Many parents cannot afford to have their children educated and many have literacy problems. They are a tribal, peasant people and they use family planning.

Many Kisan use private moneylenders who charge high interests. They prefer marriages in adulthood. Marriage with the daughter of a mother's brother is accepted except in Bihar. Divorce is allowed in cases such as adultery, cruelty and impotence. Parental property is divided equally among the sons. The women have roles in money, social and religious matters. They have traditional councils at the village level to solve disputes.

What are their beliefs?
The Kisan are Hindus and worship all the main gods and goddesses like Krishna, Siva, Hanuman, Rama and others. They have gods from their tribal roots also. They observe the main Hindu festivals. The Brahmin priests are called Purohit and local priests perform ceremonies. They use medicine men. The Kisan have pollution periods for both births and deaths. In West Bengal the dead are mainly cremated and in Orissa they are buried.


View Kisan in all countries.

Prayer Links
  Submit Update:
Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: South Asia
Persecution Rank:15 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:1,686,000
Largest States:
Uttar Pradesh (1,092,000)Odisha (411,000)
West Bengal (98,000)Jharkhand (37,000)
Bihar (29,000)Uttarakhand (11,000)
Assam (5,200)Arunachal Pradesh (1,000)
Tripura (800)Chhattisgarh (200)
Total States on file:14
Submit Map:
Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
  Peoples [3]
Submit Update:
People Name in Country: Kisan
People Name General: Kisan
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 112559
Joshua Project People ID: 17195
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,686,000
Population all Countries: 1,692,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Bengali
People Name General: Kisan
Ethnic Code: CNN25b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
Submit Update:
Primary Language: Hindi (667,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): hin    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Awadhi (273,000)Kurux (221,000)
Kanauji (202,000)Odia (172,000)
Chhattisgarhi (8,200)Sadri (5,200)
Bengali (4,900)Kumaoni (4,800)
Assamese (2,800)Santhali (2,400)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 53
Religion [4]
Submit Update:
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.01 % 
Christianity1.86 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism96.45 % 
Islam0.07 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.01 % 
Unknown1.61 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 4   Greater than or equal to 2% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
Submit Update:
Bible Portions: 1806-1962
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1818-2000
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoA Beautiful Hope (
Film / VideoA Pilgrimage (
Film / VideoAasha - Hope (
Film / VideoCoconuts (
Film / VideoCreation to Christ (
Film / VideoFathers Love Letter
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoHaqeeqat Episode 6 (
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoRivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoTen Virgins (
Film / VideoThe Final Prodigal (
Film / VideoThe Hope Video: View in Hindi
Film / VideoThe Price of Life (
Film / VideoYeshu Satsang (
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
GeneralYeshu Samaj
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible
Text / Printed MatterBible: Hindi Holy Bible
Text / Printed MatterBible: Hindi Holy Bible
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterChrist for the Nations
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterHindi Bible
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
Ministry Activity
Register Ministry Activity:
Networking: Visit for networking possibilities.
Description: Register your ministry activity among this people group. Contact the Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse and Unleashed for the Unreached to learn about others that might be focused on this people group.
Data Notes
Data Sources

Kisan in India

Global                 Global
  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Bengali     South Asia    
      Kisan India    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Kisan in India          
      Religion Language  
      Hinduism     Hindi  
    All Religions                              

Direct link: