Kalbelia in India

Joshua Project has identified the Kalbelia only in India

Population

97,700

Christian

0.00%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Joshua Project


The Kalbelia live a nomadic life and have belonged as members of the untouchable castes, shunned by mainstream society. Their main occupation has been catching snakes and trading snake venom. Hence, the dance movements and the costumes of their community bear a resemblance to that of serpents. Traditionally, Kalbelia men carried cobras in cane baskets from door to door in villages while their women sang and danced and begged for alms. They revere the cobra. Kalbelias have traditionally been a fringe group in society, living in spaces outside the village where they reside in makeshift camps called deras. They move their deras from one place to another in a circuitous route. More recently, performing arts are a major source of income for them, and others are employed in agriculture. They are Hindu.

Ministry Obstacles

Spiritual opposition can be expected as Jesus is presented to this Hindu community. Workers need to prayerfully prepare for this.


Outreach Ideas

Perhaps some of the Kalbelia will discover the Jesus film and Gospel recordings on the Internet, as well as scripture. Pray the Lord will prompt them to listen, view and download, and that he will give them understanding.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

None of the Kalbelia community have reported themselves as Christians to the Indian census. There probably are no followers of Jesus among them today. Perhaps the Lord will soon call many to himself, and they will need prayer support.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray this low caste community will find ways to improve their standard of living. They need better education for their children, and they need employment opportunities.

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Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country
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People Name General Kalbelia
People Name in Country Kalbelia
ROP3 Code 112389
Joshua Project People ID 17051
Indigenous Yes
Population in India 97,700
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names for People Group Chauhan Ghiharia, Daliwal, Jogira, Kalbi, Kalbu, Pooniwala, Sapela, Sapera,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 55,665 Marwari 17,745 Mewari 14,610 Dhundari 4,000
Malvi 2,800 Haroti 1,210 Shekhawati 1,180 Bagri 1,080
Panjabi, Eastern 230 Maithili 1
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Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Kalbelia
Ethnic Code CNN25g
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Largest Religion Hinduism
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
0.00%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
0.00%
Hinduism
100.00%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
0.00%
Protestant
0.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
0.00%
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl
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