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Kurunga in India

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
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Kurunga in India

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Introduction / History
The Kurunga people are a scheduled caste living in Odisha. Scheduled Castes have low status. They are closely allied with the Dom, another scheduled caste. They are subdivided into smaller groups based on their ancient myths. A common surname for them is either Sena or Dolvi.

What are their lives like?
Their traditional role was to castrate bulls and goats, but they are much more likely to be carpenters or agricultural laborers today. A small number own land for farming. Because they are seldom landowners, they don’t have the funds for meat. They eat two meals a day made up of rice, pulses and sometimes vegetables.

Seldom do they marry for love; marriages are arranged by the families. The boy’s family and the girl’s family leaders try to find out about the economic standing of potential mates for their children. After the wedding, the wife goes to live with her husband’s family. Most families are nuclear, meaning there is a husband, a wife and their children.

Women have low status, and a daughter has no inheritance from her father’s estate. She must do all her household chores, earn money by selling bangles and take care of children. Daughters are considered an economic liability because of the dowry system.

Surprisingly, they no longer have a village council. Nor do they remember their traditional folk songs.

What are their beliefs?
The Kurunga people worship a variety of Hindu gods. They also have local deities such as Drith Kumari, Hrithkumari and Nilkmari. They are aided in their worship by a Brahmin priest.

What are their needs?
The Kurunga people need to be given the chance to hear the life-changing gospel so they can enjoy life to the full.

Prayer Points
Pray for loving gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Kurunga people for Jesus and that in God's sovereign timing the hearts of these people would be open and ready to follow him.

Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended families so the gospel will spread rapidly.

Pray for the spiritual lives of Kurunga Christians to become fruitful so others will be drawn to Jesus Christ.

People of India, Vol 16. K.S. Singh. 2013

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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:5,900
Largest States:
Odisha (5,800)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Kurunga
People Name General: Kurunga
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 112720
Joshua Project People ID: 17337
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 5,900
Population all Countries: 5,900
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
People Name General: Kurunga
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Odia (5,900 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ory    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
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: 1811-1956
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1815-2021
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Audio RecordingsOnline Audio Scripture
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Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Odia
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
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Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
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GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
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Text / Printed MatterBible: Odia
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path
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Kurunga in India

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