Kunbi, Hindu in India







Largest Religion

Main Language


Profile Source: India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar

Introduction / History

The Kunbi (alternate names of Reddi and Desai) are a prominent community of Gujarat. Traditionally the Reddy belong to the fourth of the Hindu Varnas, Sudra. One section of the Reddy is called Kapu which means guardian.

The majority of the Kunbi communities are non-vegetarian, and all the communities take rice as their staple cereals. Jowar, wheat, bajra and ragi are the other cereals for them.

The Kunbi community have social divisions such as clans, lineage, subcastes and sects. These social divisions regulate marital alliances. They speak the Kannada and Telugu languages.

Among the Kunbi people, cross-cousin marriages of both types are allowed. Widow remarriage is not permitted. Being a dominant community, the Reddy have been primarily landlords and landholders. Social control is regulated through traditional caste and village councils.

The traditional occupation of most of the Reddy groups is settled cultivation, followed by animal husbandry and labour. Both men and women smoke a homemade cheroot (chutta) which results a high incidence of mouth and throat cancer.

They are Hindu by faith and worship many deities. Their main festivals are Ugadi, Akshade and Dussehra. They play bhajans and kirtans.

Alternate names: Kapu, Akutota, Desai, Dommari, Guruda, Illela, Kuruva, Musugu, Nadi Taram, Panta, Sajjana, Renati, etc.

Prayer Points

* For the salvation of the Kunbi people and that God may send several Christian workers to work among them and meet their spiritual and physical needs.
* Pray for the Kunbi Christians to reach out to their own people.
* Pray that their men and women may give up smoking

Profile Source: India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar Copyrighted ©: Yes Used with permission

People Name General Kunbi, Hindu
People Name in Country Kunbi, Hindu
Population in India 16,209,000
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Amin, Atte Kunbi, Desai, Kambatti, Kamma Reddiyar, Kulwadi, Kurmar, Kutumbika, Manuru, Nagale, Nagiga, Patidar, Reddi, Reddy
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Gujarati
People Name General Kunbi, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN25r
Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Gujarati (7,011,000) Marathi (5,567,000) Hindi (1,610,000) Konkani, Goan (681,000)
Kachchi (298,000) Konkani (204,000) Khandesi (156,000) Nimadi (139,000)
Oriya (116,000) Kannada (105,000) Marwari (97,000) Ahirani (88,000)
Dhanki (46,000) Malvi (45,000) Mewari (43,000) Merwari (27,000)
Saurashtra (27,000) Telugu (23,000) Wagdi (21,000) Dhundari (19,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Gujarati 7,011,000 Marathi 5,567,000
Hindi 1,610,000 Konkani, Goan 681,000
Kachchi 298,000 Konkani 204,000
Khandesi 156,000 Nimadi 139,000
Oriya 116,000 Kannada 105,000
Marwari 97,000 Ahirani 88,000
Dhanki 46,000 Malvi 45,000
Mewari 43,000 Merwari 27,000
Saurashtra 27,000 Telugu 23,000
Wagdi 21,000 Dhundari 19,000
Largest Religion Hinduism
0.04%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
Other / Small
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