Kadar in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Kadar are a Scheduled Tribe living in a large part of Kerala in India and it is reckoned about six hundred tribes live in the forest regions of Kerala including Cochin. They are very respected by most anthropologists. They are also called Kadir and they speak in a mixture of the Tamil and Malayalam languages that go back a long time.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Food gathering is the main work of the Kadar and they have a nomadic lifestyle (that could be a challenge to Christian missionaries looking to find them). They are reckoned to be one of six food gatherers who are endangered. They get on well with other tribes.

In the late 1940s most of them collected forest produce for governmental contractors.

The Kadar have kept their culture and have not changed their way of life. They eat honey, fish and roots for example. Their eating habits are like non vegetarians. They do not breed cattle though. Their houses are rectangular in shape and are made from bamboo and their roofs are made with leaves. They have used sticks to dig with. Iron is used now. They wear dress like bark clothes and have hair combs made from bamboo.

Marriage is very important to the Kadar. Usually the bridegroom pays a dowry to the bride. Widows are not allowed to marry again. Polygamy is common among most of the Kadar. The Kadar have a ritual for burying the dead.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Hindu goddess Kali is the main one they worship and many of their tribes have a high regard for her stone image. They follow spiritualism as well as the Hindu religion.



Profile Source:   Anonymous  

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Global Prayer Digest: 2008-10-01
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People Name General Kadar
People Name in Country Kadar
Population in India 115,000
World Population 118,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Kadir
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Kadar
Ethnic Code CNN25c
People ID 17041
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:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bihar (68,000) West Bengal (24,000) Jharkhand (22,000) Odisha (1,100)
Tripura (50) Andaman and Nicobar (40)
Total States on file:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bihar (68,000) West Bengal (24,000)
Jharkhand (22,000) Odisha (1,100)
Tripura (50) Andaman and Nicobar (40)
Languages & Dialects on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (52,000) Angika (29,000) Bengali (23,000) Maithili (5,700)
Oriya (800) Bhojpuri (400) Magahi (400)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 52,000 Angika 29,000
Bengali 23,000 Maithili 5,700
Oriya 800 Bhojpuri 400
Magahi 400
For Primary Language: Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Christ for the Nations Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Film / Video
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
Hindi Bible Text / Printed Matter
Hindi Bible stories Audio Recordings
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Hindi Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
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 %
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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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