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Kayastha Karan in India

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
331,000 Bengali Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Kayastha Karan in India

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Introduction / History
The Kayastha Karan are not vegetarians. The word Karan comes from the word meaning scribe which was their traditional work.

In Orissa the Karan have some cousin marriages. A dowry is given. Divorce is allowed and so is marrying again. They are landowners who work mainly in agriculture. Modern medicines and family planning are used by them. Hinduism is their religion. They are educated. They speak, read and write in Oriya.

In West Bengal the Karan speak, read and write in Bengali. They are culturally similar to those in Orissa.

In Bihar they speak Maithili and Hindi and read and write in Devanagari. They are monogamous. Divorce is not allowed unless the wife cannot have children and widowers can marry again. Many work in government and private service. Some are self-employed too.

Prayer Points
* Pray that gospel materials and the internet will lead them to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that Indian Christians will help lead them to salvation.

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

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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:331,000
Largest States:
West Bengal (138,000)Assam (69,000)
Odisha (52,000)Bihar (45,000)
Tripura (12,000)Jharkhand (8,100)
Madhya Pradesh (5,300)Chhattisgarh (1,000)
Meghalaya (90)
Total States on file:10
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Kayastha Karan
People Name General: Kayastha Karan
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 117979
Joshua Project People ID: 21156
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 331,000
Population all Countries: 517,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Bhojpur-Maithili
People Name General: Kayastha Karan
Ethnic Code: CNN25b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Bengali (164,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ben    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Hindi (51,000)Odia (49,000)
Assamese (46,000)Bhojpuri (15,000)
Maithili (5,600)Magahi (1,300)
Chhattisgarhi (500)Kok Borok (100)
Total Languages: 9
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism100.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
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: 1800-1980
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1809-2000
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 RecordingsOnline New Testament - Bangla Version (F ...
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament - Mussolmani Versio ...
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament- Common Version (FC ...
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoI Am Guilty (
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Bengali
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 / VideoThe Burning Heart (
Film / VideoThe Prophets Story (
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: Mussulmani-Bangla, Kitabul Mukkad ...
Text / Printed MatterBible: Standard Bangla Common Language
Text / Printed MatterBible: কিতাবুল মোক ...
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterChrist for the Nations
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Kayastha Karan in India

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