Karimpalan in India

Joshua Project has identified the Karimpalan only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


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 18,000
World Population 18,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Karimbalan, Karkarmunde
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Malayali
People Name General Karimpalan
Ethnic Code CNN23b
People ID 17099
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:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kerala (17,000) Tamil Nadu (600) Pondicherry (200) Karnataka (90)
Telangana (30)
Total States on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kerala (17,000) Tamil Nadu (600)
Pondicherry (200) Karnataka (90)
Telangana (30)

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Ethnolinguistic map from University of Texas or other map

Languages & Dialects on file:  3  (up to 20 largest shown)
Malayalam (17,000) Tamil (300) Telugu (30)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Malayalam 17,000 Tamil 300
Telugu 30
For Primary Language: Malayalam

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1811-1968)
New Testament Yes   (1829-1995)
Complete Bible Yes   (1841-2004)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Gateway Scripture Text / Printed Matter
Bible Visuals General
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
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Malayalam Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture (Talking Bibles) Audio Recordings
Oral Bible Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
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 %
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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