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Kuchbandia in India

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Kuchbandia in India

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Introduction / History
The Kuchbandia or Kuchbandiya are a sub caste of the larger Kanjar peoples. They are a tribal people so other Hindus consider them to be Dalits. The British classified the Kuchbandia as a petty criminal caste. The Kuchbandia led a nomadic lifestyle until the 1950s when they began to settle down to live in permanent villages. With this reputation for illegal activity, Indian society tends to look down on the Kuchbandia. A recent newspaper article pointed out that many of their children do not have birth certificates so they are unable to go beyond grade five in government schools. The Kuchbandia often do not have a legal address so obtaining official documents is a challenge for them. Illiteracy is a major issue for the Kuchbandia.

The main language of the Kuchbandia is Hindi. They also speak regional languages where they live. Many Christian resources are available in Hindi including a complete Bible and the JESUS Film. The gospel will need to be presented to the Kuchbandia in oral and visual form.

Where are they located?
The Hindu Kuchbandia people live throughout western and central India. A tiny number of them live in Nepal.

What are their lives like?
Traditionally, the Kuchbandia were nomadic hunter-gatherers. Now they often live in tents made of bamboo and reeds outside rural Indian villages. They gather reeds from which rope is made. Some men work with iron to make and fix tools. Many adults and children work as landless agricultural laborers. Most Kuchbandia do not have electricity, indoors plumbing or access to clean water or modern medicine. The life expectancy of the Kuchbandia people is far less than the average citizen of India.
Families arrange marriages. The Kuchbandia marry within their group. Newly married couples live with or near the groom parents. Sons inherit what little property their parents own. Since the Kuchbandia are Dalits, they must employ their own priests and shamans. Village elders decide legal disputes.

The Kuchbandia are not vegetarians but as Hindus they will not eat beef. Meat is often reserved for special occasions. Their diet consists of rice, vegetables, and edible plants they can gather from the forest.

What are their beliefs?
The Kuchbandia people practice Hinduism, heavily influenced by folk religion. They pay special reverence for Shiva, the destroyer god, Surya, the sun god and Durga, the mother goddess. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. They visit Hindu shrines and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

What are their needs?
As a poor tribal people, the Kuchbandia have many needs. They need help in educating their children. They need access to clean water and modern medicine. Solar panel could bring them electricity. They need to learn new job skills. Most of all, the Kuchbandia need to hear and understand the message of Jesus Christ. He alone can free them from their spiritual poverty and forgive their sins.

Prayer Points
Pray for the Kuchbandia culture to be renewed and enhanced by a work of the Holy Spirit and shaped into a God-centered and God-honoring mold.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to move among Kuchbandia family and community leaders to seek His face and enjoy His blessings.
Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers who will be compelled to nurture a disciple making movement among the Kuchbandia people.
Pray that soon the Kuchbandia people will have faith that will lead them to live honorable lives that will draw others to the Savior.


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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:39,000
Largest States:
Madhya Pradesh (31,000)Rajasthan (3,400)
Haryana (1,600)Punjab (1,500)
Delhi (700)Maharashtra (600)
Chandigarh (200)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Kuchbandia
People Name General: Kuchbandia
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 112686
Joshua Project People ID: 17307
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 39,000
Population all Countries: 39,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
People Name General: Kuchbandia
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Hindi (28,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): hin    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Bundeli (1,500)Punjabi, Eastern (1,300)
Mewari (600)Marwari (600)
Bagheli (500)Bagri (300)
Haryanvi (300)Haroti: Harauti (40)
Dhundari (Unknown)Chhattisgarhi (Unknown)
Total Languages: 11
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.11 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism98.83 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small1.06 % 
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 4   Greater than or equal to 2% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1806-1962
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1835-2019
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsDAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline Audio Scripture
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / VideoLove letter to you from scripture
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoRivka video
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralYeshu Samaj
GeneralZume Resources
GeneralZume Training
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Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible: Comic Book Version
Text / Printed MatterBible: Hindi
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterChrist for the Nations
Text / Printed MatterHindi Bible
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Hindi
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path
Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
Text / Printed MatterTopical Scripture booklets and Bible stu ...
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Kuchbandia in India

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People Cluster
    South Asia Dalit - other     Asia, South    
      Kuchbandia India    
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