Gatti in India

Joshua Project has identified the Gatti only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Gatti of India are a small caste of cultivators living mainly near Kumbla and Someswara in South Canara. They are also called Poladava and Holadava, meaning "men of the field." They follow the law of inheritance in the female line and have exogamous septs. This means that the group is divided into one or more segments and marriage only takes place between the segments, never within them. On the day of the final death ceremony they build car-like structures if the deceased was an important local person.

The Gattis and Bants dine with each other but do not intermarry. The leader of the Gattis is called Gunkara. The god of the Someswara temple is the caste deity and every family pays a yearly fee of four annas (a currency unit formerly used in India, equal to 1/16 rupee) or else they are excommunicated.

Prayer Points

* Pray that the Gatti leaders will come to Jesus Christ and lead others to Salvation too.
* Pray that gospel materials will bring the Gatti to Jesus Christ.


Thurston, Edgar and Rangachari, K., Castes and Tribes of Southern India, Volume 2, Asian Educational Services, New Delhi, 2001

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Gatti
People Name in Country Gatti
Population in India 6,600
World Population 6,600
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Holadava, Poladava
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster South Asian, other
People Name General Gatti
Ethnic Code CNN23z
People ID 16797
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Karnataka (6,000) Kerala (600)
Total States on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Karnataka (6,000) Kerala (600)

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Languages & Dialects on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Tulu (6,300) Konkani (70)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Tulu 6,300 Konkani 70
For Primary Language: Tulu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1842-1912)
New Testament Yes   (1847-2000)
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
God's Story Video Film / Video
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Tulu Film / Video
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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