Kapali in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The name Kapali means fortunate. Many of the Kapali migrated to India from East Bengal which is now Bangladesh. The Kapali speak, read and write in Bengali. Some of them can speak Hindi. They are not vegetarians which indicates they do not have high status as a Hindu community. Most of the Kapali of India live in West Bengal, but a smaller number live in nearby eastern states as well as Bangladesh. In Bihar the Kapali are landless. Many are now working in shops as teachers and in government work. In Tripura the Kapali men are good at craft work and the women do embroidery.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They are landowners. Agriculture is the main work. Some do office work. They use government benefit plans. They are exogamous, meaning they seek to marry outside their clan or group. They do not allow for divorce. They sometimes allow for remarriage. When the father dies, sons inherit the property.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kapali people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.


What Are Their Needs?

The Kapali people need the eternal blessings that only come from a relationship with Jesus Christ.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Kapali in India.

Pray that God gives the Kapali dreams and visions leading their communities to a disciple making movement. Pray that Indian believers will be active in leading many to seek and find the living Christ.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Kapali
People Name in Country Kapali
Population this Country 349,000
Population all Countries 513,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 7
Alternate Names कपाली
People ID 17087
ROP3 Code 112427
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 on file 16
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
West Bengal
251,000
Tripura
76,000
Bihar
17,000
Odisha
1,700
Jharkhand
1,600
Andaman and Nicobar
800
Meghalaya
500
Delhi
300
Chhattisgarh
300
Maharashtra
300
Uttar Pradesh
200
Nagaland
200
Mizoram
100
Manipur
70
Uttarakhand
70
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 16
  West Bengal 251,000
  Tripura 76,000
  Bihar 17,000
  Odisha 1,700
  Jharkhand 1,600
  Andaman and Nicobar 800
  Meghalaya 500
  Delhi 300
  Chhattisgarh 300
  Maharashtra 300
  Uttar Pradesh 200
  Nagaland 200
  Mizoram 100
  Manipur 70
  Uttarakhand 70
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (266,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
Hindi
26,000
Kok Borok
3,200
Maithili
2,500
Assamese
800
Odia
400
Angika
200
Primary Language Bengali (266,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 26,000
  Kok Borok 3,200
  Maithili 2,500
  Assamese 800
  Odia 400
  Angika 200
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  (1809-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Rivka video
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
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 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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