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Gond Kandra in India

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21,000 Chhattisgarhi Hinduism 0.69 % Unknown   

Gond Kandra in India

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Introduction / History
Gonds celebrate their legacy every year during the Dasara. On that occasion, all the living heirs of the crown in each generation are honored by carrying them on a royal cart carried on people's shoulders. However, it is uncertain where they originated. They are probably the largest Dravidian (original tribe in the Subcontinent.)

In the 1500s, there were Gond kings, but they lost their power after being defeated first by the Marathas and then by Muslim armies. However, some of their estates remained for hundreds of years until India's independence in 1947.

Where are they located?
Kandra Gonds live only in India's state of Chhattisgarh.

What are their lives like?
A crude gate on the mud road, the wooden poles on both the sides and the beam across it stands high enough for anyone to enter. There are remains of bundles and ropes hung on it. Among them you may find a new bundle of shrinking animal skin. If you see these before a village, you can be sure you are entering a Gond village.

Kandra Gonds are agriculturists and choose to live on the riverbeds close to forests. Most of them possess agricultural land. Those who have a good portion of land cultivate rice, grains and green dal. They often tend goats and cattle. Poorer Kandra Gonds work in the fields of richer Gonds. There is not much work available for them except in farming seasons. They love hunting and wild meats are their favorites.

Girls are married between the age of 13 and 15. Weddings are during the summer. A girl and a boy who fall love are allowed to run away together. Once they return, the Panchayat meet to discuss the terms and conditions of the marriage. Other marriages are arranged by the parents. Depending up on the financial conditions of the families the bride groom's parents have to give the bride's parents some amount of money. Commonly Gond people marry their cousins.

What are their beliefs?
Kandra Gond people believe that witchcraft and evil spirits are the causes for sicknesses, but they can keep them away through blood sacrifices. They have a high-priest who is responsible for three or four villages; this priest offers sacrifices for every village. The sacrifice will be followed by a social dinner. The sacrificial goat has to give permission for the sacrifice by nodding its head. The people will wait till the animal nods before slaughtering it. The whole village witnesses the sacrifice, but only the men enjoy the dinner made by cooking the sacrificed animal. All the men gather at the riverside to prepare the dinner. White or black palm liquor may supplement the dinner. The sacrifice animal's skin is stuffed with hay and hung on the village gate. This is to frighten the evil spirits and give courage to the villagers.

Kandra Gond spirituality stresses family and clan gods. Village priests and heads of households carry out these religious duties, which usually involve more blood sacrifices. Other rituals involve offerings of coconuts, flowers, fruits, colored powder or string.

Prayer Points
Pray for gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Kandra Gond people for Jesus and that in God's sovereign timing their hearts would be open and ready to follow Him.
Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended Gond families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group.
Pray for the spiritual lives of the Kandra Gond people to become fruitful as they follow Christ.
Pray for the lives and culture of the Kandra Gond people to evidence the rule and reign of the Kingdom of God as they open to the gospel, and for the beauty of Jesus to be seen in them.


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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:21,000
Largest States:
Chhattisgarh (20,000)
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People Name in Country: Gond Kandra
People Name General: Gond Kandra
Alternate People Names:
गोंद कंडरा
ROP3 Code: 117881
Joshua Project People ID: 21030
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 21,000
Population all Countries: 21,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - Gond
People Name General: Gond Kandra
Ethnic Code: CNN25
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Primary Language: Chhattisgarhi (7,200 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): hne    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Gondi, Northern (5,100)Hindi (3,200)
Bhatri (500)Halbi (500)
Telugu (500)Odia (300)
Duruwa (200)
Total Languages: 8
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.69 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism92.20 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown7.11 % 
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: 1904-1952
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Chhattisgarhi
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Gond Kandra in India

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