Kalabaz in India

Joshua Project has identified the Kalabaz only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Kalabaz people claim that they were originally Rajputs who migrated to Uttar Pradesh during the Mughal Empire, which started in the 16th century. During this time, the Kalabaz people began to work as acrobats.

Where Are they Located?

Most of the Kalbaz people live in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh. This state is India's most populated, and also the state with one of the lowest percentage of Christ followers. There are about one in 1,000 who follow Christ in this part of India.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Many of these 14,000 landless people still work as acrobats, though others either tend livestock or repair bicycles. Some are day laborers or they work for the military. They would like to save money for future needs, but their poverty prevents them from doing this. They don't have any folklore or traditional dances unique to them. It is common for Kalabaz women to get sterilized. Kalabaz women have low social status, and they are not allowed to participate in decision-making. However, if they are divorced, the husband must compensate her monetarily and he must also take responsibility for the welfare of the children.

What Are Their Beliefs?

This scheduled caste is 100 percent Hindu. Their family deities are Kali Mata, Bhairo Devta, and Bajrangbali. Like most Hindus, they depend on Brahmin priests to conduct their rites and rituals.

What Are Their Needs?

The Kalabaz people need someone to teach them marketable skills that will lead them out of poverty. Followers of Christ can help with these matters. Believers can also distribute Christian materials such as the JESUS Film and biblical materials in Hindi, north India's most widely spoken language.

Prayer Points

* Pray for laborers to go to the Kalabaz people with the gospel of peace.
* Pray for the Kalabaz people to be open to Christ, the Light of the World.
* Pray for Christian materials to become widely available in Kalabaz communities.



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People Name General Kalabaz
People Name in Country Kalabaz
Population in India 15,000
World Population 15,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Kalabaz
Ethnic Code CNN25g
People ID 17052
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)
Uttar Pradesh (15,000) Uttarakhand (300)
Total States on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (15,000) Uttarakhand (300)

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Enthologue Language Map

Ethnolinguistic map from University of Texas or other map

Languages & Dialects on file:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (11,000) Kanauji (2,200) Awadhi (800) Kumaoni (200)
Bhojpuri (200) Garhwali (30)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 11,000 Kanauji 2,200
Awadhi 800 Kumaoni 200
Bhojpuri 200 Garhwali 30
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

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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
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Ethnic Religions
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100.00 %
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Other / Small
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Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
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Other Christian
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0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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