Kamad in India

Joshua Project has identified the Kamad only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Kamad people probably obtained their name from a local word for wood since they were once used as wood-cutters.
Where are they located?

Most of the Kamad people live in India's western state of Rajasthan.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Today most of them are landless people who work as wage laborers. They are a scheduled caste, which gives them low status. Socially most other communities look down on them. They have little education, especially the girls. The Kamads receive government assistance.

The Kamad people do not marry outside their community. Parents arrange marriages for their children often by exchange. Their marriages are monogamous unless the wife is barren, in which case they allow the husband to take another wife. At one time they had a bride price, but now there is a dowry. Only men can seek divorce. The Kamad people have nuclear families.
They have their own folk tales, folk songs, and oral traditions. They speak Marwari, one of the most widely spoken languages of northern India.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Like many people in Rajasthan, the Kamads are entirely Hindu. Ramdevji is their main deity and Hinglajmata is their community goddess. They depend on Garuda Brahmin priests to perform their life-cycle rituals.

What Are Their Needs?

The Kamad people need someone to help them rise above their poverty. It would be helpful for someone to provide them with educational opportunities that will give them new economic opportunities. They need someone to help raise their literacy rate through education.

Living in Rajasthan, they live far from any community that has responded to the gospel. Only about one in 1,000 have responded to Christ in this state.

Prayer Points

* Pray for education and medical specialists to help them with their needs.
* Pray for workers to go to them from other parts of India.
* Pray for the Lord to give dreams and vision of the holy and righteous Savior to Kamad leaders, opening up this community to hear the gospel message.
* Pray for believers to distribute Christian materials such as the JESUS Film and gospel recordings in Marwari. Pray for them to tune into radio broadcasts in this language.

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People Name General Kamad
People Name in Country Kamad
Population in India 13,000
World Population 13,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Kamadia, Kamaraiya, Kamariya, Kamdia
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Name General Kamad
Ethnic Code CNN25o
People ID 17065
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)
Rajasthan (13,000) Madhya Pradesh (100)
Total States on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Rajasthan (13,000) Madhya Pradesh (100)

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Enthologue Language Map

Ethnolinguistic map from University of Texas or other map

Languages & Dialects on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (4,800) Marwari (2,400) Merwari (1,800) Mewari (1,300)
Shekhawati (1,100) Bagri (900) Dhundari (300) Haroti: Harauti (30)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 4,800 Marwari 2,400
Merwari 1,800 Mewari 1,300
Shekhawati 1,100 Bagri 900
Dhundari 300 Haroti: Harauti 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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Christian Segments Percent
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Other Christian
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Roman Catholic
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Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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