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Kakkalan in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
14,000 Malayalam Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Kakkalan in India

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Introduction / History
According to their legend, Shiva went to a Brahmin village disguised as a beggar, and they drove him out. In his rage, the offended god reduced their village to ashes, and they asked for forgiveness. Shiva responded by making them into a community of beggars. There are a couple of subgroups of the Kallalan people. They are a Scheduled Caste, meaning that their status is low enough that they are given "reservations" for certain government jobs and opportunities to attend college.

Where are they located?
The Hindu Kakkalan people live on the southern tip of India, mostly in Kerala. They might not be in Tamil Nadu any longer.

What are their lives like?
The Kakkalan people are wandering beggars who practice palmistry and fortune telling. Though they are wanderers, they try to be at home for a special new year's celebration. Part of their celebration is wearing new clothes and enjoying a feast. They are polygamous, and a man might have as many as 12 wives. There is big celebration for the first wedding, but the others are not celebrated on the same level. Though most speak Malayalam, the language of Kerala, they also have their own language which they speak with one another.

What are their beliefs?
The Kakkalan people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They are especially devoted to worshipping the sun. They have no temples of their own, and they must stay at a safe distance from temples according to Hindu customs. This demonstrates that they are not well accepted by other Hindu communities.

What are their needs?
The Kakkalan people need the chance to put their wounded self-worth in the hands of Jesus Christ and make Him the center of their identity.

Prayer Points
* Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the Kakkalan people.
* Pray for the Kakkalan people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.
* Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Kakkalan people to change their society from within.
* Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers Kakkalan disciples to make more disciples.

Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Kakkalan communities.


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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:10 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:14,000
Largest States:
Tamil Nadu (7,400)Kerala (6,200)
Karnataka (100)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Kakkalan
People Name General: Kakkalan
Alternate People Names:
KakilvarKakka Kuravan
ROP3 Code: 112562
Joshua Project People ID: 17198
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 14,000
Population all Countries: 14,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Kakkalan
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Malayalam (7,500 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mal    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Tamil (6,000)Kannada (90)
Total Languages: 3
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
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: 1811-1968
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1841-2016
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
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Malayalam
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
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Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
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Text / Printed MatterBible Gateway Scripture
Text / Printed MatterBible: മലയാളം - Malayalam
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Kakkalan in India

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People Cluster
    South Asia Hindu - other     Asia, South    
      Kakkalan India    
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            Kakkalan in India          
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      Hinduism     Malayalam  
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