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Kalal (Hindu traditions) in India

Kalal (Hindu traditions)

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
3,982,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Kalal (Hindu traditions) in India

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Introduction / History
The Kalal of India have traditionally been involved in the production and distribution of liquor. Their name comes from the Sanskrit word for "liquor distillers." Since many Hindus look down on the use of alcohol, the Kalal began in the last century to adopt other professions like agriculture, the military, government service and law. The Kalal speak the languages of the Indian regions where they live. Their three primary languages are Telugu, Kannada and Hindi.

Where are they located?
The Kalal people live throughout much of the nation of India. Most Kalal live in the southern Indian states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

What are their lives like?
The Kala are endogamous, that is, they marry within their community. Adult marriages and monogamy are the general practice. Families arrange most marriages in a ceremony with a Brahmin present. Most newly married couples live with or near the husband's family.

The Kalal eat meat but not beef or pork. Their main staple is rice along with fruit, vegetables and dairy products. Alcoholism is a problem in the Kalal people.

The Kalal encourage their children to pursue higher education and become professionals.

What are their beliefs?
The Kalal worship Vishnu, the preserver god, in his incarnations of Rama and Krishna. The Kalal cremate their dead and the ashes are placed in a sacred river like the Ganges.

A Kalal priest leads worship, practices traditional medicine and prays to protect his people from evil spirits. The Kalal celebrate the Hindu festivals like the birthday of Rama. Holi is the spring festival of colors. Kalal worship Durga, a form of Kali, during the nine holy days of Navratri.

Prayer Points
* Pray the Lord sends Christian workers to share God's truth and compassion with the Kalal.
* Pray the Kalal would be drawn to the Savior not alcohol.
* Pray that the Lord produces a growing church soon in the Kalal community.

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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: South Asia
Persecution Rank:11 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:3,982,000
Largest States:
Telangana (1,739,000)Karnataka (1,323,000)
Madhya Pradesh (309,000)Maharashtra (217,000)
Tamil Nadu (152,000)Rajasthan (119,000)
Bihar (53,000)Jharkhand (22,000)
Andhra Pradesh (20,000)Gujarat (7,400)
Total States on file:27
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Kalal (Hindu traditions)
People Name General: Kalal (Hindu traditions)
Alternate People Names:
Arya KatagaruAsili
DadsenaEdiga Balija
GoudaHindu Kasai
ROP3 Code: 112570
Joshua Project People ID: 17204
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 3,982,000
Population all Countries: 3,984,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Telugu
People Name General: Kalal (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Telugu (1,881,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tel    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Kannada (734,000)Hindi (465,000)
Tulu (244,000)Konkani (193,000)
Marathi (140,000)Konkani, Goan (132,000)
Mewari (33,000)Wagdi (26,000)
Tamil (23,000)Marwari (11,000)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 28
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism98.78 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small1.22 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
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
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1812-1966
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1854-2002
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsFather's Love Letter
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories in Telugu
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Telugu
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoThe Pearl of Great Price (
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible
Text / Printed MatterBible: తెలుగు - Telugu
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
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Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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