Kalu in India


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Main Language
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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 235,000
World Population 313,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 4
Alternate Names Garai, Garai Sidai, Kulu, Sidai, Teli, कालू
People ID 17060
ROP3 Code 112398
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Group Kalu
Ethnic Code CNN25b
Total Subgroups on file 4
Largest Subgroups
Garai
11,000
Masnute
11,000
Pisnute
11,000
Shikari
11,000
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Group Kalu
Ethnic Code CNN25b
Total Subgroups 4
  Garai 11,000
  Masnute 11,000
  Pisnute 11,000
  Shikari 11,000
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 16
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
West Bengal
202,000
Bihar
23,000
Jharkhand
5,100
Odisha
2,200
Tripura
600
Meghalaya
600
Delhi
300
Maharashtra
200
Chhattisgarh
200
Manipur
80
Uttar Pradesh
60
Andaman and Nicobar
60
Nagaland
60
Madhya Pradesh
50
Mizoram
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 16
  West Bengal 202,000
  Bihar 23,000
  Jharkhand 5,100
  Odisha 2,200
  Tripura 600
  Meghalaya 600
  Delhi 300
  Maharashtra 200
  Chhattisgarh 200
  Manipur 80
  Uttar Pradesh 60
  Andaman and Nicobar 60
  Nagaland 60
  Madhya Pradesh 50
  Mizoram 40
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (207,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Urdu
15,000
Bhojpuri
7,500
Hindi
1,200
Maithili
1,000
Odia
400
Other People Groups Speaking Bengali
Primary Language Bengali (207,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Urdu 15,000
  Bhojpuri 7,500
  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 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 - 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
General God's Simple Plan
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
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 Anonymous  
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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