Kachera (Hindu traditions) in India

The Kachera (Hindu traditions) have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Kachera are a relatively small caste of people who live in the central Indian states of Odisha and Madhya Pradesh. Their traditional occupation was that of being peddlers and small business owners. Many Kachera make and sell bangles. These rigid, circular bracelets show that a woman is married. Bangles can be made of plastic, wood, glass or metal. Today the Kachera have branched out into different occupations including working for the government, schools and as sellers of jewelry, stockings, boxes, stationary, needles and thread. The two main languages of the Kachera are Odia and Hindi. They also speak other local languages where they live. There are currently no known Kachera believers.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Kacheras are a lower-middle status community. Parents encourage their sons to pursue higher education. Educated Kachera are entering professions in medicine, engineering, science, and finance. Families arrange marriages within the group with the consent of the young people. Marriage to one spouse in the norm. Sons inherit property upon the death of their father. The Kachera hire Brahmin priests to officiate at important life ceremonies like births, weddings and funerals. The caste buries their dead with the head to the north. A caste council settles legal disputes and enforces social customs.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kachera practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Kachera visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their god as Christians do. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. The main yearly holidays of the Kachera people are Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the celebration of autumn and Rama Navami, Rama’s birthday. The caste system divides Hindus into four main categories - Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and the Shudras. Dalits and tribal peoples are outside of the caste system. The Kachera are classified as Vaishya and Shudra.


What Are Their Needs?

The Kachera need to develop new job skills as their traditional job of making glass bangles is being taken over by modern factories. The Kachera need to hear and understand the message about Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and grant them the gift of eternal life.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Kachera (Hindu traditions) in India.

* Pray for a spiritual hunger that will give the Kachera people an openness to the teachings and blessings of Jesus Christ. * Pray for a disciple making movement that will bless the Kachera people this decade. * Pray for the Lord to send out workers to the Kachera people and tell them about Jesus and His love for them.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Kachera (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Kachera (Hindu traditions)
Population this Country 61,000
Population all Countries 61,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Kachar; Kachara; Kachari; Kacher; Kachera; Kachora; Kansra; Shishgar; Sishgar; कचेरा (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17036
ROP3 Code 112372
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 4
Largest States
Odisha
31,000
Madhya Pradesh
28,000
Maharashtra
1,500
Chhattisgarh
400
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 4
  Odisha 31,000
  Madhya Pradesh 28,000
  Maharashtra 1,500
  Chhattisgarh 400
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Odia (29,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
Hindi
27,000
Bagheli
1,700
Marathi
1,400
Bengali
800
Chhattisgarhi
600
Bundeli
400
Santhali
100
Nimadi
10
Primary Language Odia (29,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 27,000
  Bagheli 1,700
  Marathi 1,400
  Bengali 800
  Chhattisgarhi 600
  Bundeli 400
  Santhali 100
  Nimadi 10
People Groups Speaking Odia

Primary Language:  Odia

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1811-1956)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1809-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1815-2014)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
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Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Odia
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Odia
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)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Gospel website in this language
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Audio Bible app as APK File from FCBH
Mobile App Download Audio Bible app from Google Play Store
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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