Karwal in India

Joshua Project has identified the Karwal only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Karwal people claim to have Rajput origins. Their name is derived from the word karol, meaning sickle, which is associated with their traditional occupation of hunting.

Where Are they Located?

Though they may have originated in Rajasthan, today they live in Uttar Pradesh.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Karwal people have monogamous marriages which are officiated by Brahmin priests. They marry as adults. Their women are restricted to traditional household jobs, though they contribute to the family income.

Their men work as government employees, weavers, or agricultural workers, though a good number of them distill liquor for a living.

Traditional councils regulate their social affairs at the village level. This council is lead by someone who is elected by a voice vote. Social problems related to adultery, divorce, and inter-family disputes can lead to offenders being given physical punishment or excommunicated.

The Karwal people have their own folk-tales. Women sing folk songs at special occasions of birth and marriage and during Holi.
They are favorable to formal education, and their boys sometimes even achieve a college education. Their girls, however, have a low literacy rate.

Though they live in villages, the Karwal people have contact with the rest of the world through radio and cinema. They use the public roads and railroads to move about.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Karwal people are 100 Hindu. They worship Durga and Kali as family deities and Ram as a village deity.

What Are Their Needs?

On a spiritual level, they need to hear the gospel. This is difficult since they live in a part of India where only one in 1,000 professes Christ.

Prayer Points

* Pray for the Karwal people to be introduced to Jesus through Christian radio broadcasts, the JESUS Film, and through Christ's ambassadors.

* Pray for Christians to provide them with girl's schools.

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People Name General Karwal
People Name in Country Karwal
Population in India 32,000
World Population 32,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bhuiya, Dom, Gaur, Karual, Karva, Karwalnut, Uriya
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Karwal
Ethnic Code CNN25g
People ID 17107
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:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (31,000) Bihar (600) Uttarakhand (400) Maharashtra (40)
Total States on file:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (31,000) Bihar (600)
Uttarakhand (400) Maharashtra (40)

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Languages & Dialects on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (28,000) Braj Bhasha (1,200) Awadhi (600) Kanauji (600)
Bhojpuri (400) Garhwali (200) Kumaoni (80)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 28,000 Braj Bhasha 1,200
Awadhi 600 Kanauji 600
Bhojpuri 400 Garhwali 200
Kumaoni 80
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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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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