Kuruba in India


Joshua Project has identified the Kuruba only in India

Population

3,817,000

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Introduction / History

The Kuruba of India are one of the oldest people groups in the country. They live in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Karnataka. The word Kuruba means warrior. They are farmers and shepherds by tradition as well as in the present day. The Kuruba speak Kannada, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu.


What are Their Lives Like?

The Kuruba live in all regions of Karnataka. They read and write Kannada. The Kuruba are not vegetarians and they eat cereals such as rice and wheat. They are a people average in size. Marriage is allowed amongst cousins. Divorcees and the bereaved can marry again. Property goes to the sons when the father dies. There is a birth pollution that is regarded for nine days and the ceremony of naming the baby takes place on the tenth day. The couple is married at the home of the bridegroom. Their dead are buried and there is a ten day death pollution period. They use modern medicine and do family planning. In addition to farming, they weave rough blankets made of wool.

In Tamil Nadu, the Kuruba speak Kannada with members of their family but can speak Tamil and they read and write Tamil. The oldest son becomes in charge of the family when the father dies while the property is given equally to all the sons. They bury their dead. Besides shepherding, the Kuruba are in several other types of work.


What are Their Beliefs?

They are Hindus and worship the god Shiva and celebrate traditional festivals such as Mailara Jaatre.


Prayer Points

Hinduism, especially when devoutly followed, is an obstacle to the gospel but many are coming to Jesus Christ in India when they see the reality of Christianity. More prayer is needed here.

References

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/kuruba
Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Kuruba
People Name in Country Kuruba
Population in India 3,817,000
World Population 3,817,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Dhangar, Gorava, Guravayyallu, Indra, Kanakajatiyavaru, Kathikkaran, Kathilkar, Kuramvar, Kuremban, Kuruba, Kuruban, Kuruma, Kurumba, Kurumban, Kurumbar, Kurumvari, Kuruva, Kuruvillu, Kurva, Malle Guravayyallu, Mallesu, Prathama Sudhra, Sudan
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Kannada
People Name General Kuruba
Ethnic Code CNN23a
People ID 17336
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  13  (up to 20 largest shown)
Karnataka (3,107,000) Tamil Nadu (727,000) Maharashtra (30,000) Andhra Pradesh (22,000)
Chhattisgarh (4,500) Telangana (3,500) Kerala (2,400) Pondicherry (1,800)
Goa (1,000) Delhi (500) Andaman and Nicobar (400) Madhya Pradesh (200)
Odisha (100)
Total States on file:  13  (up to 20 largest shown)
Karnataka (3,107,000) Tamil Nadu (727,000)
Maharashtra (30,000) Andhra Pradesh (22,000)
Chhattisgarh (4,500) Telangana (3,500)
Kerala (2,400) Pondicherry (1,800)
Goa (1,000) Delhi (500)
Andaman and Nicobar (400) Madhya Pradesh (200)
Odisha (100)
Languages & Dialects on file:  18  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kannada (3,015,000) Tamil (351,000) Telugu (275,000) Kurumba, Kannada (222,000)
Konkani (6,300) Tulu (5,800) Kurumba, Jennu (2,800) Kurumba, Alu (2,300)
Malayalam (2,000) Konkani, Goan (1,600) Marathi (1,100) Bellari (800)
Hindi (300) Kodava (80) Chhattisgarhi (70) English
Urdu Gujarati
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kannada 3,015,000 Tamil 351,000
Telugu 275,000 Kurumba, Kannada 222,000
Konkani 6,300 Tulu 5,800
Kurumba, Jennu 2,800 Kurumba, Alu 2,300
Malayalam 2,000 Konkani, Goan 1,600
Marathi 1,100 Bellari 800
Hindi 300 Kodava 80
Chhattisgarhi 70 English 10
Urdu 0 Gujarati 0
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1812-1988)
New Testament Yes   (1823-1995)
Complete Bible Yes   (1831-2000)
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Kannada Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kannada
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter International Bible Society
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.55 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.39 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.05 %
Photo Source: India Missions Association   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source: Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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