Kokna in India

Joshua Project has identified the Kokna only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Kokna of India are found in the state of Gujarat. There are many of them living there. They are also called Kokni, Kukna or Kukni. They are a scheduled tribe. They make art objects usually by carving wood.

The name Kokna comes from Konkan which is in the west coast of the state of Maharashtra. As well as Gujarat, the Kokna live in and near to Dhulia, Nasik and Thane of Maharashtra. In Gujarat they are in the Valsad and Dang regions. Their language comes from Indo-Arayan. They also speak in Marathi and read and write in Devanagari.

The Kokna women wear saris and fadki. They cut the saris in two and the top part is called fadki and the sari covers the lower part of the body.

The main food of the Kokna is rice, naglin, jawar and vari. They eat wheat also. They like vegetables and fruit and they grow some vegetables in their fields. They are not vegetarian but they cannot eat buffalo meat and beef. They do eat pork and goat meat.

The Kokna drink alcohol. They are endogamous, marrying within their group. They work in agriculture and as laborers. Some work for the government. The Panchayat rules the Kokna community.

The Kokna are known for being artistic, especially with wood carvings. They make masks from wood that is soft. They also make tobacco containers from wood or from seeds or from fruits whose skin is hard. They put a thick coating of lead on the container and carve designs on it. They sometimes make them in the shape of animals.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kokna celebrate all the main Indian festivals and add their own rituals. They worship the goddess Kali and before harvest they worship Gram Devi. They are Hindus and worship tribal and gods and goddesses. They are very religious and worship animals such as the tiger. (Maybe with them being very religious they could be receptive to the gospel message and discover that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life).



Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Kokna
People Name in Country Kokna
Population in India 1,150,000
World Population 1,150,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Kokki, Kokni, Kukna, Kukni
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Marathi-Konkani
People Name General Kokna
Ethnic Code CNN25j
People ID 17238
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:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Maharashtra (703,000) Gujarat (419,000) Dadra and Nagar Have (27,000) Rajasthan (1,200)
Karnataka (200) Delhi (90) Goa (30)
Total States on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Maharashtra (703,000) Gujarat (419,000)
Dadra and Nagar Have (27,000) Rajasthan (1,200)
Karnataka (200) Delhi (90)
Goa (30)
Languages & Dialects on file:  34  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kukna (750,000) Marathi (194,000) Gujarati (70,000) Bhili (47,000)
Dhanki (41,000) Konkani (24,000) Khandesi (3,300) Ahirani (1,800)
Hindi (1,400) Urdu (600) Marwari (200) Kannada (200)
Mewari (100) Telugu (70) Tulu (40) Tamil (40)
English (30) Kolami, Northwestern (30) Panjabi, Eastern (30) Konkani, Goan (30)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kukna 750,000 Marathi 194,000
Gujarati 70,000 Bhili 47,000
Dhanki 41,000 Konkani 24,000
Khandesi 3,300 Ahirani 1,800
Hindi 1,400 Urdu 600
Marwari 200 Kannada 200
Mewari 100 Telugu 70
Tulu 40 Tamil 40
English 30 Kolami, Northwestern 30
Panjabi, Eastern 30 Konkani, Goan 30
For Primary Language: Kukna

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1970-1997)
New Testament Yes   (1977-2002)
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.03 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
2.40 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
97.46 %
0.09 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.02 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Bethany World Prayer Center  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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