Kaikadi in India

Joshua Project has identified the Kaikadi only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

India is a complex mosaic of ethnic, linguistic, religious, and social groupings. Because of this diversity, it is extremely difficult to adequately describe any single people group. Ranking second only to China among the world's most populous nations, India has a population of more than 1,000,000,000.

India may be divided into four main regions: the Himalayas, the northern river-plains region, the Deccan, and the Eastern and Western Ghat Mountains. Because of numerous geographical features, climatic conditions vary greatly on a seasonal and regional basis, ranging from tropical to temperate extremes.

The Kaikadi are located mainly in the states of Maharashstra and Karnataka. Their language (also called Kaikadi) is a member of the Dravidian language family. They are commonly categorized as Tamil, but little is known about their specific lifestyle.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of India's population lives in rural areas and is engaged in some form of agricultural activity. Many are farmers barely growing enough to survive. Farms are extremely small in size and often very fragmented. The raising of livestock, particularly horned cattle, buffalo, horses, and mules, is a central feature of the agricultural economy. Because of Hindu influence, however, these animals are used almost exclusively as beasts of burden rather than sources of meat.

Indian culture is primarily Hindu-oriented. Many Hindu institutions, including the rigid caste (social class) system, have wide-ranging effects on Indian secular society. The word "caste" basically means breed, race, or kind. Indian society is divided into hierarchical castes that are usually endogamous (marriage only within the caste). Castes may be defined by occupation or by kinship and lineage, although there are exceptions. Nevertheless, caste is so fundamental to the social organization of India that it prevails in all parts, except some of the tribal populations.

Not enough is known about the Kaikadi to accurately place them in the caste system. Apart from the fact that they are nomadic, little is known about their specific lifestyle and culture. Further research is needed to clearly identify their needs and to develop strategies for reaching them with the Gospel message.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kaikadi are predominantly ethnic religionists, following their ancient traditions and religions. Their religion is primarily animistic; that is, they worship a variety of inanimate objects. Many of the Kaikadi are also involved in ancestor worship. They believe that the spirits of deceased ancestors are alive and need to be fed and tended. These spirits must be properly appeased, or else they will become hungry and dissatisfied and turn into evil spirits.

The influence of Hinduism is very strong among the Kaikadi, and many of their religious practices have become mixed with Hindu beliefs. The majority, but not all, of Hindus believe in a supreme being. Some respect all life and eat only vegetables, while others will gladly eat meat from sacrifices in the temple. To some, their religion is highly personal; to others, it is impersonal. While most Hindus worship Brahman (the creator), Shiva (the destroyer), Vishnu (the preserver), and the goddess Shaktri, they also worship a pantheon of other minor gods, their incarnations, spouses, or offspring. A belief in reincarnation (continuous cycle of death and rebirth) is one of the few unifying features of Hinduism.

What Are Their Needs?

The few Kaikadi believers are in great need of discipleship materials that will encourage and strengthen them in their walk with the Lord. Full-time missionaries, as well as Christian materials in their native language, are necessary if the Kaikadi church is to be firmly established.

Prayer Points

* Ask the Lord of the harvest to send missionaries who will share the love of Jesus with the Kaikadi.
* Pray that signs and wonders will follow the Kaikadi believers as they share Christ with their own people.
* Ask God to call faithful intercessors who will daily stand in the gap for the Kaikadi.
* Ask the Lord to bring forth a triumphant Kaikadi church for the glory of His name!

Profile Source:   Bethany World Prayer Center  

People Name General Kaikadi
People Name in Country Kaikadi
Population in India 317,000
World Population 317,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Dhontle, Erakala, Gadhwe Sonar, Kaikala, Kochi-Korva, Koracha, Korama, Korava, Korva, Korwa, Makadwale, Padlor
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Kannada
People Name General Kaikadi
Ethnic Code CNN23a
People ID 17047
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:  10  (up to 20 largest shown)
Karnataka (190,000) Maharashtra (101,000) Tamil Nadu (20,000) Telangana (2,400)
Andhra Pradesh (1,500) Goa (600) Odisha (400) Madhya Pradesh (300)
Gujarat (200) Chhattisgarh (40)
Total States on file:  10  (up to 20 largest shown)
Karnataka (190,000) Maharashtra (101,000)
Tamil Nadu (20,000) Telangana (2,400)
Andhra Pradesh (1,500) Goa (600)
Odisha (400) Madhya Pradesh (300)
Gujarat (200) Chhattisgarh (40)
Languages & Dialects on file:  15  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kannada (186,000) Marathi (72,000) Kaikadi (27,000) Telugu (14,000)
Hindi (3,600) Korwa (3,200) Konkani (2,500) Tamil (800)
Tulu (800) Konkani, Goan (300) Gujarati (200) Oriya (200)
Ahirani (70) Chhattisgarhi (30) Khandesi (20)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kannada 186,000 Marathi 72,000
Kaikadi 27,000 Telugu 14,000
Hindi 3,600 Korwa 3,200
Konkani 2,500 Tamil 800
Tulu 800 Konkani, Goan 300
Gujarati 200 Oriya 200
Ahirani 70 Chhattisgarhi 30
Khandesi 20
For Primary Language: Kannada

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1812-1988)
New Testament Yes   (1823-1995)
Complete Bible Yes   (1831-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Audio Recordings
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
Got Questions Ministry General
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Kannada Film / Video
Kannada Bible stories Audio Recordings
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture / Bible Audio Recordings
Oral Bible stories in Kannada Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
World Missionary Press Booklets 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 %
Photo Source: Bethany World Prayer Center  
Map Source: Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source: Bethany World Prayer Center  
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