Karimpalan in India

Joshua Project has identified the Karimpalan only in India







Largest Religion

Main Language


Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey

Introduction / History

The name of the Karimpalan community comes from their traditional occupation of collecting charcoal, called kari in that part of southern India. They also hunted, gathered food, made baskets, and worked as laborers on plantations.

Where are they Located?

Almost all of the Karimpalan people live in India’s far southwestern state of Kerala.

What are Their Lives Like?

Today they still weave baskets and cultivate the land, but many are self-employed as laborers. About 70 percent of them are agricultural laborers. Less than 20 percent of them still live as hunter/gatherers.

The Karimpalan people want both their sons and daughters to get an education. Since they already speak the language of Kerala, Malayalam, they are not put at a grave disability when they go to school.

What are Their Beliefs?

The Karimpalan people are 100 percent Hindu. They also worship village deities.

What are Their Needs?

Though they speak the local language, Malayalam, the Karimpalan people have a slightly lower than average literacy rate. In some cases people who come with the gospel can use printed materials, since there are many Malayalam gospel materials. There is a very large church in Kerala, so believers can go to them.

Prayer Points

Pray that believers will soon rise to the call to take the gospel to the Karimpalan people. Pray for openness to Christ.

People Name General Karimpalan
People Name in Country Karimpalan
Population in India 17,100
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Karkarmunde
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Malayali
People Name General Karimpalan
Ethnic Code CNN23b
Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes

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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Malayalam (17,000) Tamil (300) Telugu (30)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Malayalam 17,000 Tamil 300
Telugu 30
Largest Religion Hinduism
0.00%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
Other / Small
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