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Kattunayakan in India

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74,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.58 % Unknown   

Kattunayakan in India

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Introduction / History
The Kattunayakan live in a few states in India including Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Their name means king of the jungle in Tamil. They are Hindus. They worship animals and other creation too. Monogamy is their way of marriage. They speak in Dravidian languages and like music.

In Kerala, they are hunters and gatherers and live in poverty. They are an ancient tribe of Kerala. They prefer traditional medicine.

In Kerala the Kattunayakan speak their own language and Malayam. They live in the Wayanad region. They have birth and marriage rituals and the dead are buried. They are a scheduled tribe.

Prayer Points
* Pray that their love of music would provide a bridge for sharing the message of salvation.
* Pray that the Internet would open doors for them to hear the good news of Jesus Christ.
* Pray for solutions to their living in poverty.


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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:74,000
Largest States:
Tamil Nadu (53,000)Kerala (19,000)
Puducherry (1,200)Karnataka (200)
Telangana (100)Andhra Pradesh (90)
Odisha (20)
Total States on file:7
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Kattunayakan
People Name General: Kattunayakan
Alternate People Names:
Jenu Koyyo SholanayakasJenu Kuruman
Jenu-KurubaKadu Kurumb
Kattu NaickanKattu Naicken
NaickanTen Kuruba
Ten KurumanTen Kurumban
ROP3 Code: 112684
Joshua Project People ID: 17305
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 74,000
Population all Countries: 74,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Tamil
People Name General: Kattunayakan
Ethnic Code: CNN25r
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Tamil (32,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tam    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Telugu (20,000)Malayalam (13,000)
Kannada (5,400)Bhili (1,300)
Marathi (300)Hindi (70)
Odia (70)Gujarati (60)
Tulu (40)Urdu (20)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 16
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.58 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism98.67 % 
Islam0.45 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.01 % 
Unknown0.29 % 
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 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1714-1956
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1727-2002
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 RecordingsFathers Love Letter
Audio RecordingsGeneral Ministry Resources
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGeneral Ministry Resources
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Tamil
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible
Text / Printed MatterBible: Old Version Bible
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Kattunayakan in India

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      Kattunayakan India    
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