Kamad in India

Joshua Project has identified the Kamad only in India
Population
14,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Kamad people probably obtained their name from a local word for wood since they were once used as wood-cutters.
Where are they located?

Most of the Kamad people live in India's western state of Rajasthan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Today most of them are landless people who work as wage laborers. They are a scheduled caste, which gives them low status. Socially most other communities look down on them. They have little education, especially the girls. The Kamads receive government assistance.

The Kamad people do not marry outside their community. Parents arrange marriages for their children often by exchange. Their marriages are monogamous unless the wife is barren, in which case they allow the husband to take another wife. At one time they had a bride price, but now there is a dowry. Only men can seek divorce. The Kamad people have nuclear families.
They have their own folk tales, folk songs, and oral traditions. They speak Marwari, one of the most widely spoken languages of northern India.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Like many people in Rajasthan, the Kamads are entirely Hindu. Ramdevji is their main deity and Hinglajmata is their community goddess. They depend on Garuda Brahmin priests to perform their life-cycle rituals.


What Are Their Needs?

The Kamad people need someone to help them rise above their poverty. It would be helpful for someone to provide them with educational opportunities that will give them new economic opportunities. They need someone to help raise their literacy rate through education.

Living in Rajasthan, they live far from any community that has responded to the gospel. Only about one in 1,000 have responded to Christ in this state.


Prayer Points

* Pray for education and medical specialists to help them with their needs.
* Pray for workers to go to them from other parts of India.
* Pray for the Lord to give dreams and vision of the holy and righteous Savior to Kamad leaders, opening up this community to hear the gospel message.
* Pray for believers to distribute Christian materials such as the JESUS Film and gospel recordings in Marwari. Pray for them to tune into radio broadcasts in this language.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

People Name General Kamad
People Name in Country Kamad
Population in India 14,000
World Population 14,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Kamadia, Kamaraiya, Kamariya, Kamdia, कामद
People ID 17065
ROP3 Code 112403
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 2
Largest States
Rajasthan
(13,000)
Madhya Pradesh
(200)
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 2
  Rajasthan (13,000)
  Madhya Pradesh (200)
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Hindi (4,800 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
Marwari
(2,400)
Merwari
(1,800)
Mewari
(1,400)
Shekhawati
(1,100)
Bagri
(900)
Dhundari
(300)
Haroti: Harauti
(30)
People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (4,800 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
  Marwari (2,400)
  Merwari (1,800)
  Mewari (1,400)
  Shekhawati (1,100)
  Bagri (900)
  Dhundari (300)
  Haroti: Harauti (30)
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
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Hindi Bible stories
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)
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 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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