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Kapu Tolakari in India

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Kapu Tolakari in India

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Introduction / History
The Telugu word Kapu or Kaapu means protector, which often meant that they were charged with protecting a village. The Kapus were primarily a military-agrarian community which took up military service and participated in farming during peace time. Kapu subcastes also evolved based on occupation. They have several subcastes including the Tolakaris.

Kapus were inhabitants of the Andhra region, people who migrated from the north, cleared forests for agriculture and built settlements. They are the descendants of the Kaampu tribe, which migrated from Kampilya, Mithila and Ayodhya. These were ancient cities situated in the Gangetic Plains of northern India spread across Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The migration seems to have occurred 2500 years ago, which coincides with the rise of the first Andhra Kingdom, Satavahanas. This migrant tribe initially settled along the banks of the Godavari River, cleared forests and built settlements and towns.

Where are they located?
This Hindu Kapu subgroup lives in Andhra Pradesh, a state in southeastern India.

What are their lives like?
Modern day Kapus have banded together to fight for their political rights. They have also organized agricultural unions to protect their economic and social interests. A significant number of Kapus have today diversified into industry, arts and academia. However, substantial segments of the population are still farmers. They are sometimes landowners, but others among them are poor and landless.

What are their beliefs?
The Tolakari Kapu people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Since Hinduism is actually a generic description of all local religions practiced in South Asia, we can't say for sure which gods the Tolakari Kapu worship and which ones they do not worship. They worship the gods they believe will provide them with protection and favor. They enjoy yearly festivals such as Holi, a colorful festival that celebrates the beginning of spring.

What are their needs?
Kapu people need the chance to encounter true spiritual wealth through a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points
Pray for His kingdom to come and His will to be done among the Tolakari Kapu people.
Pray for a movement of Tolakari Kapu households to study the Bible and accept the spiritual blessings of Christ.
Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive the Tolakari Kapu people to the arms of Jesus.
Pray for workers who are filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit to go to the Tolakari Kapu people.


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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:8,000
Largest States:
Andhra Pradesh (7,900)
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People Name in Country: Kapu Tolakari
People Name General: Kapu Tolakari
Alternate People Names:
TolagariTolakani Doralu
TolakariTolegani Doralu
कापु टोलकारी
ROP3 Code: 117839
Joshua Project People ID: 21153
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 8,000
Population all Countries: 8,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - Kapu
People Name General: Kapu Tolakari
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Telugu (8,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tel    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
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
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1812-1966
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1854-2022
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 RecordingsLove letter to you from scripture
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 RecordingsOral Bible stories
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Telugu
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralZume Resources
GeneralZume Training
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app from Google Pla ...
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible: Telugu
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Telugu
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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Kapu Tolakari in India

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    South Asia Hindu - Kapu     Asia, South    
      Kapu Tolakari India    
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      Hinduism     Telugu  
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