Karmali in India


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Introduction / History

The Karmali people of India are a scheduled tribe.


Where Are they Located?

Karmali people live in the state of Jharkhand.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Karmali people build their rectangular homes with mud walls, tiles, bamboo, and wooden walls.
They breed and eat pigs; as a result, other tribes regard them as untouchable and do not accept food and water from them.

They have one spouse except in cases of barrenness or the death of a spouse. They don't marry within the same clan or with members of a different tribe. A bride price in paid in cash or with goods by the father of the groom. Fathers or guardians arrange the marriage. The boy's father contacts the girl's father, and the village priest helps to arrange the date of the marriage. A soil digging ritual is performed by women in both houses. The couple has bathing and food regulations. Oil is put on the couple and they are blessed by the families, and a feast follows. The bride stays for a week, then her father takes her home where she stays for one year. Karmali kinship is determined according to parentage and marriage. Lineage is through the father.

Karmali people make baskets, axes and sickles. They sharpen and repair tools and sell them to agricultural tribes and castes. They have difficulty getting raw materials, and daily wage earning has become a common source of income.

Karmali have a community Panchayat (association) and all family leaders are members. The leader is called Mahato and is also the village chief. Panchayats hear cases having to do with divorce.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Karmali people are Hindus who worship many gods. They also believe that spirits of their ancestors live in their houses. They make sacrifices to gods and spirits along with their priests. They also practice witchcraft and celebrate festivals.


What Are Their Needs?

Various visual, audio, and written Christian resources are available in the Hindi language, but Karmali people are still unreached.
They do not see their need for the Savior; their gods have blinded them to God's truth.


Prayer Points

* Pray that Karmali people will be drawn to Hindi Christian radio broadcasts.
* Pray that Almighty God will raise up Indian churches to lovingly and boldly evangelize this unreached people group resulting in entire Karmali families putting their faith in Jesus Christ and discipling others.
* Pray for the Lord to raise up two Karmali believers this year who will spread Christ's fame throughout India.
* There are Karmali believers in neighboring Bangladesh; pray that they will make disciples of their kinsmen in India.


References

www.indianetzone.com/56/karmali_tribe.htmhttps://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17102


Profile Source:   Karen Hightower  

People Name General Karmali
People Name in Country Karmali
Population in India 121,000
World Population 124,100
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Kamalia, Karnalia, करमाली
People ID 17102
ROP3 Code 112444
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 6
Largest States
Jharkhand
65,000
Odisha
53,000
West Bengal
3,200
Bihar
400
Delhi
100
Uttar Pradesh
60
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 6
  Jharkhand 65,000
  Odisha 53,000
  West Bengal 3,200
  Bihar 400
  Delhi 100
  Uttar Pradesh 60
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (62,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 20
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Odia
29,000
Santhali
17,000
Kui
3,500
Kurux
2,100
Bengali
1,300
Maithili
800
Magahi
700
Juang
300
Kuvi
300
Mundari
300
Marathi
300
Ho
60
Munda
60
Kharia
50
Bhojpuri
30
Other People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (62,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 20
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Odia 29,000
  Santhali 17,000
  Kui 3,500
  Kurux 2,100
  Bengali 1,300
  Maithili 800
  Magahi 700
  Juang 300
  Kuvi 300
  Mundari 300
  Marathi 300
  Ho 60
  Munda 60
  Kharia 50
  Bhojpuri 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 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 (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 Father's 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)
Film / Video The Final Prodigal (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
1.11 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
93.14 %
Islam
0.05 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
5.68 %
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Karen Hightower  
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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