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Kanaura in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
63,000 Kinnauri Hinduism 0.07 % Unknown No   

Kanaura in India

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Introduction / History
Located among the mountainous regions of the Kinnaur District of Himachal Pradesh in north India are the Kinnauri. Today the Kinnaur region can be divided into Upper Kinnaur, Central Kinnaur and Lower Kinnaur, with the Kinnauri living mostly in the Central and Lower regions. Approximately 85,000 in number, the Kinnauri are small-scale commercial agriculturalists known for their prized cashews, apricots, grapes, and apples. Traditionally they are also known as skilled weavers in producing intricately designed shawls as well as carpets and blankets.

The Kinnauri religion is characterized by a blend of traditional religion colored by Hindu and Buddhist influences. While Lower Kinnaur is predominately Hindu, Buddhist influence increases as one travels north. This blend of beliefs creates a complex pantheon of numerous deities with accompanying religious ceremonies. Education in the Kinnaur district is government funded. While a fairly established government funded education system is in place, the medium is in Hindi a major language of India. The Kinnauri, however, speak a very different language than Hindi and desire literature in their mother tongue.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2007-08-24
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-08-09
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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:11 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:63,000
Largest States:
Himachal Pradesh (62,000)Uttarakhand (700)
Delhi (100)Maharashtra (60)
Chandigarh (40)
Location in Country:More than 60,000 Kinnaura people inhabit extremely high altitude locations in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, in Kinnaur District.
(Source: Peoples of the Buddhist World, 2004)
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People Name in Country: Kanaura
People Name General: Kanaura
Alternate People Names:
AnuskadKanorin Skad
Kanorug SkaddKinnara
Lower KinnauriMelhesti
MilchanTibas Skad
ROP3 Code: 104558
Joshua Project People ID: 12487
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 63,000
Population all Countries: 63,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
People Name General: Kanaura
Ethnic Code: CNN25
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Primary Language: Kinnauri (36,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kfk    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Kinnauri, Bhoti (6,700)Shumcho (2,200)
Jangshung (2,000)Pahari, Mahasu (1,900)
Hindi (1,200)Kinnauri, Chitkuli (1,100)
Kinnauri, Chhoyul (800)Sunam (600)
Mugom (500)Bhattiyali (100)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 26
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism33.24 % 
Christianity0.07 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism66.46 % 
Islam0.11 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.08 % 
Unknown0.04 % 
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: 1909-1917
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Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Kinnauri
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
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Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
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Kanaura in India

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    South Asia Tribal - other     Asia, South    
      Kanaura India    
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