Kalu in India


Population
219,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Kalu people derive their name from the Hindi word khalu. Stories tell of the legendary Lord Shiva and how the first Kalu man came from the sweat off of Lord Shiva's arm while bathing in oil. The Kalu have a long tradition of being sellers of oil and of being oil-pressers, a similar occupation to that of the Teli people.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Kalu live in India, Bangladesh and Nepal. They can be found as landowners as well as farmers or plantation labourers. Their married women wear shell and iron bangles traditionally. They eat fish and other meats as well as wheat and ria and biri kalai. They speak Bengali in all three countries and can be found in both extended or nuclear families these days.


What Are Their Needs?

Though the Kalu are found in well over 140 different districts in Nepal and India there is no record of even one believer among the group. Pray that agricultural initiatives could be a good platform for workers to bless the Kalu and share the knowledge of Jesus Christ.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Kalu
People Name in Country Kalu
Population in India 219,000
World Population 295,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 5 to 6
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Garai, Garai Sidai, Kulu, Sidai, Teli, कालू
People ID 17060
ROP3 Code 112398
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 16
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
West Bengal
(188,000)
Bihar
(23,000)
Jharkhand
(4,300)
Odisha
(2,200)
Meghalaya
(600)
Delhi
(300)
Maharashtra
(200)
Chhattisgarh
(200)
Tripura
(200)
Manipur
(90)
Andaman and Nicobar
(60)
Nagaland
(60)
Uttar Pradesh
(60)
Madhya Pradesh
(50)
Mizoram
(40)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 16
  West Bengal (188,000)
  Bihar (23,000)
  Jharkhand (4,300)
  Odisha (2,200)
  Meghalaya (600)
  Delhi (300)
  Maharashtra (200)
  Chhattisgarh (200)
  Tripura (200)
  Manipur (90)
  Andaman and Nicobar (60)
  Nagaland (60)
  Uttar Pradesh (60)
  Madhya Pradesh (50)
  Mizoram (40)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (192,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Urdu
(14,000)
Bhojpuri
(7,700)
Hindi
(1,200)
Maithili
(1,000)
Odia
(400)
People Groups Speaking Bengali
Primary Language Bengali (192,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Urdu (14,000)
  Bhojpuri (7,700)
  Hindi (1,200)
  Maithili (1,000)
  Odia (400)
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1809-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Bengali Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video I Am Guilty (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Burning Heart (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
Unknown
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Isudas   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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