Kaikadi in India

The Kaikadi have only been reported in India
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Introduction / History

India is a complex mosaic of ethnic, linguistic, religious, and social groupings. Because of this diversity, it is difficult to adequately describe any single people group.

India may be divided into four main regions: the Himalayas, the northern river-plains region, the Deccan, and the Eastern and Western Ghat Mountains. Because of numerous geographical features, climatic conditions vary greatly on a seasonal and regional basis, ranging from tropical to temperate extremes.

The Kaikadi are located mainly in the states of Maharashstra and Karnataka. Their language (also called Kaikadi) is a member of the Dravidian language family. They are commonly categorized as Tamil, but little is known about their specific lifestyle.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of India's population lives in rural areas and is engaged in some form of agricultural activity. Many are farmers barely growing enough to survive. Farms are extremely small in size and often very fragmented. The raising of livestock, particularly horned cattle, buffalo, horses, and mules, is a central feature of the agricultural economy. Because of Hindu influence, however, these animals are used almost exclusively as beasts of burden rather than sources of meat.

Indian culture is primarily Hindu-oriented. Many Hindu institutions, including the rigid caste (social class) system, have wide-ranging effects on Indian secular society. The word "caste" basically means breed, race, or kind. Indian society is divided into hierarchical castes that are usually endogamous (marriage only within the caste). Castes may be defined by occupation or by kinship and lineage, although there are exceptions. Nevertheless, caste is so fundamental to the social organization of India that it prevails in all parts, except some of the tribal populations.

Not enough is known about the Kaikadi to accurately place them in the caste system. Apart from the fact that they are nomadic, little is known about their specific lifestyle and culture. Further research is needed to clearly identify their needs and to develop strategies for reaching them with the Gospel message.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kaikadi are predominantly ethnic religionists, following their ancient traditions and religions. Their religion is primarily animistic; that is, they worship a variety of inanimate objects. Many of the Kaikadi are also involved in ancestor worship. They believe that the spirits of deceased ancestors are alive and need to be fed and tended. These spirits must be properly appeased, or else they will become hungry and dissatisfied and turn into evil spirits.

The influence of Hinduism is very strong among the Kaikadi, and many of their religious practices have become mixed with Hindu beliefs. The majority, but not all, of Hindus believe in a supreme being. Some respect all life and eat only vegetables, while others will gladly eat meat from sacrifices in the temple. To some, their religion is highly personal; to others, it is impersonal. While most Hindus worship Brahman (the creator), Shiva (the destroyer), Vishnu (the preserver), and the goddess Shaktri, they also worship a pantheon of other minor gods, their incarnations, spouses, or offspring. A belief in reincarnation (continuous cycle of death and rebirth) is one of the few unifying features of Hinduism.


What Are Their Needs?

The few Kaikadi believers are in need of discipleship materials that will encourage and strengthen them in their walk with the Lord. Full-time missionaries, as well as Christian materials in their native language, are necessary if the Kaikadi church is to be firmly established.


Prayer Points

* Ask the Lord of the harvest to send missionaries who will share the love of Jesus with the Kaikadi.
* Pray that signs and wonders will follow the Kaikadi believers as they share Christ with their own people.
* Ask God to call faithful intercessors who will daily stand in the gap for the Kaikadi.
* Ask the Lord to bring forth a vigorous Kaikadi church for the glory of His name!


Profile Source:   Bethany World Prayer Center  

People Name General Kaikadi
People Name in Country Kaikadi
Population in India 334,000
World Population 334,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 6
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Dhontle, Erakala, Gadhwe Sonar, Kaikala, Kochi-Korva, Koracha, Korama, Korava, Korva, Korwa, Makadwale, Padlor, कैकड़ी
People ID 17047
ROP3 Code 112383
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 10
Largest States
Karnataka
207,000
Maharashtra
102,000
Tamil Nadu
20,000
Telangana
2,400
Andhra Pradesh
1,500
Goa
600
Odisha
400
Madhya Pradesh
300
Gujarat
200
Chhattisgarh
40
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 10
  Karnataka 207,000
  Maharashtra 102,000
  Tamil Nadu 20,000
  Telangana 2,400
  Andhra Pradesh 1,500
  Goa 600
  Odisha 400
  Madhya Pradesh 300
  Gujarat 200
  Chhattisgarh 40
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Kannada (202,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
Marathi
74,000
Kaikadi
28,000
Telugu
14,000
Hindi
3,600
Korwa
3,200
Konkani, Goan
1,900
Konkani
1,000
Tamil
800
Tulu
800
Gujarati
200
Odia
200
Ahirani
70
Chhattisgarhi
30
Khandesi
20
Other People Groups Speaking Kannada
Primary Language Kannada (202,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
  Marathi 74,000
  Kaikadi 28,000
  Telugu 14,000
  Hindi 3,600
  Korwa 3,200
  Konkani, Goan 1,900
  Konkani 1,000
  Tamil 800
  Tulu 800
  Gujarati 200
  Odia 200
  Ahirani 70
  Chhattisgarhi 30
  Khandesi 20
People Groups Speaking Kannada

Primary Language:  Kannada

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1812-1988)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1823-1995)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1831-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Kannada
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 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
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ಕನ್ನಡ - Kannada
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter International Bible Society
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.17 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.83 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Bethany World Prayer Center 
Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


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