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Kokna in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,282,000 Kukna Hinduism 1.10 % Unknown No   

Kokna in India

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Introduction / History
Many Kokna (aka. Kokni, Kukna, Kukni) people of India are a scheduled tribe.

Where are they located?
Kokna people live in the State of Gujarat.

What are their lives like?
Their language is Indo-Arayan. They also speak Hindi, Marathi and read and write in Devanagari.
Their main food is rice. They also eat wheat, vegetables and fruit which they grow in their fields. They also eat pork and goat meat. They work in agriculture and as laborers. Some work for the government.
Kokna women wear saris and fadki. They cut the saris in two and the top part is called fadki and the sari covers the lower part of the body. They marry within their group.
Kokna people are known for being artistic, especially with wood carvings. They make masks from soft wood. They also make tobacco containers from wood, seeds or hard fruit skins, applying a thick coating of lead on the container, then carving designs in the lead. They sometimes make them in the shapes of animals.

What are their beliefs?
Kokna people celebrate Hindu festivals and their own rituals. They are Hindus who worship tribal
gods, goddesses and the tiger.

What are their needs?
Kokna people need to be liberated from traditions of caste that hinder receiving the Savior who died in their place, and to receive new believers into their traditional community.

Audio, visual, and written Christian resources have been produced in Hindi; someone must earn the trust of Kokna people to introduce them to this help.
The Kokna people need hearts that are open to the gospel.

Prayer Points
Pray that Kokna people will be liberated by God's Holy Spirit from the many ties that bind them, and false deities that weigh them down, causing them to live in fear.
Pray that as they celebrate many Hindu festivals, the Holy Spirit of the one true God will enable them to celebrate His reconciliation.
Pray for a disciple-making movement to flow through Kokna families and villages.


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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:1,282,000
Largest States:
Maharashtra (809,000)Gujarat (425,000)
Dadra and Nagar Haveli (33,000)Karnataka (4,500)
Rajasthan (1,000)Delhi (100)
Goa (30)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Kokna
People Name General: Kokna
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 112606
Joshua Project People ID: 17238
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,282,000
Population all Countries: 1,282,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
People Name General: Kokna
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Kukna (724,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kex    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Marathi (198,000)Gujarati (57,000)
Bhili (41,000)Konkani (25,000)
Dangi (22,000)Kannada (3,700)
Khandesi (3,700)Ahirani (2,500)
Hindi (1,000)Urdu (600)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 30
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.04 % 
Christianity1.10 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism98.21 % 
Islam0.49 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.02 % 
Unknown0.14 % 
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 4   Greater than or equal to 2% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1970-1997
New Testament:
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
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Kukna
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
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Kokna in India

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    South Asia Tribal - other     Asia, South    
      Kokna India    
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