Kamrai in India

The Kamrai have only been reported in India
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Introduction / History

Baghelkhand – the region in Northeastern Madhya Pradesh is as beautiful as it is harsh. Its mountains – the Kaimur Range – are stunning, rising over a barren land, dividing the land into two regions. Several rivers cut through the land, forming deep valleys. It is also a region of high temperatures and little rainfall. Yet when the monsoons arrive, they leave the roads flooded and travel becomes difficult. The land is fertile, with a mixture of red and black soil, so good for growing crops like rice, wheat, dal and channa.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Bagheli speakers are conservative, with strong ties of respect for the earth they cultivate. There are more than twenty-seven significant communities, each with their own different traditional rituals and deep divisions along caste lines. Depending on their social and economic status, they live in simple houses made of mud and stone. The roofs are usually thatched with grass. Men usually wear dhotis and women wear saris, but in villages, women may also be found wearing dhotis like their men.

A large number of castes and tribes speak Bagheli, and this holds them together as a larger community. Social identity is provided by the caste divisions and caste segregation is quite strong.

What Are Their Beliefs?

While Hinduism is the dominant religion, there are a few Muslims and Christians among the Bagheli. Most Christians in the area were originally from lower castes and continue to be among the poorest. Thus, to be a Christian is considered in Baghelkhand as belonging to a low caste group. Response to the gospel remains hindered by the great importance given to caste hierarchy and the maintenance of social status.

What Are Their Needs?

Literature, songs and art are vital aspects of the Baghelkhand culture. Yet, there is still no translation of God's Word in the language of nearly 8 million Bagheli people. Songs of praise to God are waiting to be sung in Bagheli, the heart language of Baghelkhand.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Kamrai in India.

* God to raise messengers of the Gospel who will present the good news in a culturally acceptable way to the caste conscious Bagheli speakers.
* The name of Jesus to be revered and not to be scorned because of the representatives of the name.
* Open doors and a team to start translating God's Word into Bagheli.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  
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People Name General Kamrai
People Name in Country Kamrai
World Population 400
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names कामराई
People ID 17071
ROP3 Code 112409
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)
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 1
  Madhya Pradesh 400
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Bagheli (400 speakers)
Language Code bfy   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Bagheli (400 speakers)
Language Code bfy   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Bagheli

Primary Language:  Bagheli

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1821)
Bible-Complete No
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bagheli
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.