Kalbelia in India

The Kalbelia have only been reported in India
Population
101,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction

The Kalbelia live a nomadic life and have belonged as members of the untouchable castes, shunned by mainstream society. Their main occupation has been catching snakes and trading snake venom. Hence, the dance movements and the costumes of their community bear a resemblance to that of serpents. Traditionally, Kalbelia men carried cobras in cane baskets from door to door in villages while their women sang and danced and begged for alms. They revere the cobra. Kalbelias have traditionally been a fringe group in society, living in spaces outside the village where they reside in makeshift camps called deras. They move their deras from one place to another in a circuitous route. More recently, performing arts are a major source of income for them, and others are employed in agriculture. They are Hindu.


Ministry Obstacles

Spiritual opposition can be expected as Jesus is presented to this Hindu community. Workers need to prayerfully prepare for this.


Outreach Ideas

Perhaps some of the Kalbelia will discover the Jesus film and Gospel recordings on the Internet, as well as scripture. Pray the Lord will prompt them to listen, view and download, and that he will give them understanding.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

None of the Kalbelia community have reported themselves as Christians to the Indian census. There probably are no followers of Jesus among them today. Perhaps the Lord will soon call many to himself, and they will need prayer support.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray this low caste community will find ways to improve their standard of living. They need better education for their children, and they need employment opportunities.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Kalbelia
People Name in Country Kalbelia
Population in India 101,000
World Population 101,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Chauhan Ghiharia, Daliwal, Gattiwala, Jogira, Kalbi, Kalbu, Mewara, Poongiwala, Pooniwala, Sapela, Sapera, कल्बेलिया
People ID 17051
ROP3 Code 112389
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 5
Largest States
Rajasthan
74,000
Madhya Pradesh
26,000
Delhi
1,100
Punjab
300
Maharashtra
200
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 5
  Rajasthan 74,000
  Madhya Pradesh 26,000
  Delhi 1,100
  Punjab 300
  Maharashtra 200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (57,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
Marwari
15,000
Mewari
14,000
Dhundari
3,700
Malvi
3,100
Merwari
3,000
Haroti: Harauti
1,600
Shekhawati
1,200
Bagri
1,100
Punjabi, Eastern
400
Other People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (57,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
  Marwari 15,000
  Mewari 14,000
  Dhundari 3,700
  Malvi 3,100
  Merwari 3,000
  Haroti: Harauti 1,600
  Shekhawati 1,200
  Bagri 1,100
  Punjabi, Eastern 400
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1818-2000)
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 Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video A Pilgrimage (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Aasha - Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Coconuts (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Haqeeqat Episode 6 (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
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 Ten Virgins (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Final Prodigal (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.12 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.88 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2018  Isudas  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
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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