Karimpalan in India

The Karimpalan have only been reported in India
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Introduction / History

The name of the Karimpalan community comes from their traditional occupation of collecting charcoal, called kari in that part of southern India. They also hunted, gathered food, made baskets, and worked as laborers on plantations.


Where Are they Located?

Almost all of the Karimpalan people live in India's far southwestern state of Kerala.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Today they still weave baskets and cultivate the land, but many are self-employed as laborers. About 70 percent of them are agricultural laborers. Less than 20 percent of them still live as hunter/gatherers.

The Karimpalan people want both their sons and daughters to get an education. Since they already speak the language of Kerala, Malayalam, they are not put at a grave disability when they go to school.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Karimpalan people are 100 percent Hindu. They also worship village deities.


What Are Their Needs?

Though they speak the local language, Malayalam, the Karimpalan people have a slightly lower than average literacy rate. In some cases people who come with the gospel can use printed materials, since there are many Malayalam gospel materials. There is a very large church in Kerala, so believers can go to them.


Prayer Points

Pray that believers will soon rise to the call to take the gospel to the Karimpalan people. Pray for openness to Christ.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

People Name General Karimpalan
People Name in Country Karimpalan
Population in India 18,000
World Population 18,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Karimbalan, Karkarmunde, करिम्पलन
People ID 17099
ROP3 Code 112440
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
Kerala
17,000
Tamil Nadu
600
Puducherry
200
Karnataka
90
Telangana
30
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
  Kerala 17,000
  Tamil Nadu 600
  Puducherry 200
  Karnataka 90
  Telangana 30
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Malayalam (17,000 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Tamil
300
Telugu
30
Other People Groups Speaking Malayalam
Primary Language Malayalam (17,000 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Tamil 300
  Telugu 30
People Groups Speaking Malayalam

Primary Language:  Malayalam

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1811-1968)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1829-1995)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1841-2004)
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 Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Malayalam
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible Gateway Scripture
Text / Printed Matter Bible: മലയാളം - Malayalam
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 %
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
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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