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Kuruba in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
4,212,000 Kannada Hinduism 1.02 % Unknown   

Kuruba in India

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Introduction / History
The word Kuruba means "warrior." The Kuruba people of India are one of the oldest people groups in that ancient country.

Where are they located?
They live in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, and Karnataka.

What are their lives like?
The Kuruba people read and write Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, and Telugu.

Traditionally they have been farmers and shepherds. In addition to farming, they weave rough blankets made of wool. They are not vegetarians, and they eat grains such as rice and wheat.

The Kuruba people allow marriage between cousins. The couple is married at the home of the bridegroom. Divorcees and the bereaved may marry again. Property goes to the sons when the father dies, and the oldest son becomes the head of the family. There is a birth pollution that is observed for nine days and the ceremony of naming the baby takes place on the tenth day. Their dead are buried and there is a ten-day death pollution period.

What are their beliefs?
The most important need of Kuruba people is to understand that their good works and worship of Hindu gods will never pay the penalty for their sins, and that the Almighty Creator God has made the provision for them to be forgiven.

What are their needs?
Adequate visual, audio, and video Christian resources are available in the languages which Kuruba people speak, but they are still an unreached people group.

Prayer Points
* Pray that intercessors worldwide will pray for salvation and spiritual transformation of the Kuruba people.
* Pray for workers to disciple them.
* Ask Almighty God to raise up entire Kuruba families and communities until their culture is transformed to glorify God and represent His Kingdom here on earth.

Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999

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Global Prayer Digest: 2015-09-12
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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:4,212,000
Largest States:
Karnataka (3,389,000)Tamil Nadu (753,000)
Maharashtra (32,000)Andhra Pradesh (22,000)
Chhattisgarh (4,700)Telangana (3,700)
Kerala (2,700)Puducherry (1,800)
Goa (1,400)Delhi (500)
Total States on file:13
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Kuruba
People Name General: Kuruba
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 112719
Joshua Project People ID: 17336
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 4,212,000
Population all Countries: 4,212,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Kannada
People Name General: Kuruba
Ethnic Code: CNN23a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Kannada (3,245,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kan    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Tamil (372,000)Telugu (284,000)
Kurumba, Kannada (274,000)Konkani (7,600)
Tulu (5,700)Kurumba, Jennu (3,400)
Kurumba, Alu (2,800)Konkani, Goan (1,800)
Malayalam (1,800)Bellari (1,500)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 17
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity1.02 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism98.77 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.03 % 
Unknown0.17 % 
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 3   Less than 2% Evangelical. Widespread church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1812-1988
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1831-2000
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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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 / Bible
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories in Kannada
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Kannada
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible
Text / Printed MatterBible: ಕನ್ನಡ - Kannada
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Kuruba in India

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People Cluster
    Kannada     South Asia    
      Kuruba India    
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            Kuruba in India          
      Religion Language  
      Hinduism     Kannada  
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