Katia in India

Joshua Project has identified the Katia only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Their name reflects two words, "livelihood" and "water," because they made their living as fishermen. Though many still fish for a living, they aren't all professional fishermen.

Where Are they Located?

Most live either in India's central state of Madhya Pradesh or neighboring Orissa. These two groups are entirely different from one another.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Katia people are mainly fishermen, though some worker as farm laborers. Others sell fish in the marketplace. Educated Katia women work as teachers or in office jobs.
Katia people live in both extended and nuclear families.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Katia people are Hindu. But as Dalits, they have such low status in the Hindu pecking order that they are running into trouble. In the last several years, latent hatred and distrust for the Dalits, or "untouchables," has escalated in Orissa. An Indian high court ruling in Orissa allowed Dalit people like the Katias to enter the Jagannath Temple, defying an age-old ban. History has proven that change comes with a high price, and in Orissa, many Dalits like the Katias have paid the price with their lives.

Some Dalits have not only entered temples, but performed rituals under police protection. Unfortunately this protection does not extend to outside the temple. Local villagers beat four Dalit women who were trying to enter the temple. Some priests have stopped the rituals and locked the temple's main gate. Many upper caste landowners have stopped giving work to people Dalits who attempt to defy their ancient ways.

The Katia worship Budima as their village deity, and the goddess Laxmi as their family deity. They also worship Ganesh, Shiva, and Kali.

What Are Their Needs?

The Katia people live in a part of India where there are few opportunities to hear the gospel.

Prayer Points

Pray that the Katia people will have the opportunity to hear of and respond to Jesus Christ. Pray that they will worship Him alone and abandon their Hindu gods.

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-09-17
Video Links:
A Pilgrimage
People Name General Katia
People Name in Country Katia
Population in India 224,000
World Population 224,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Kaibarta, Kaibartta, Kartia, Kathia, Katiar, Keuta, Kotia, Laskar, Patharia
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Katia
Ethnic Code CNN25g
People ID 17112
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:  10  (up to 20 largest shown)
Madhya Pradesh (188,000) Odisha (10,000) Haryana (6,700) Maharashtra (6,000)
Chhattisgarh (5,900) Delhi (5,100) Himachal Pradesh (1,700) Rajasthan (500)
Punjab (300) Goa (40)
Total States on file:  10  (up to 20 largest shown)
Madhya Pradesh (188,000) Odisha (10,000)
Haryana (6,700) Maharashtra (6,000)
Chhattisgarh (5,900) Delhi (5,100)
Himachal Pradesh (1,700) Rajasthan (500)
Punjab (300) Goa (40)
Languages & Dialects on file:  15  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (180,000) Oriya (12,000) Marathi (5,100) Chhattisgarhi (4,900)
Nimadi (2,000) Bilaspuri (600) Haroti: Harauti (400) Panjabi, Eastern (400)
Konkani (300) Kangri (200) Haryanvi (200) Ahirani (100)
Bagri (90) Malvi (60) Bagheli (20)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 180,000 Oriya 12,000
Marathi 5,100 Chhattisgarhi 4,900
Nimadi 2,000 Bilaspuri 600
Haroti: Harauti 400 Panjabi, Eastern 400
Konkani 300 Kangri 200
Haryanvi 200 Ahirani 100
Bagri 90 Malvi 60
Bagheli 20
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

Major Religion Percent
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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 %
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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