The Kanakku Pillai are Hindus. They speak, read and write in Tamil. The word Kanakku means accountant which is their traditional work.
In Tamil Nadu, the Kanakku Pillai. are monogamous. They have adult marriages. Cousins can marry. There are birth and marriage rituals. Divorce is allowed. The dead are cremated. On the death of the father, sons inherit the property with the oldest son becoming in charge of the home.
They work in government and private service. Modern health services are used by them. They are well educated. They are vegetarians.
The Kanakku Pillai of Andhra Pradesh migrated from Tamil Nadu. Widows can marry again. Women are vegetarians but some of the men are not.
The Karnigar of Pondicherry are similar to the Kannakku Pillai of Tamil Nadu.
* Pray that gospel materials and the internet will lead them to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that Indian Christians will lead them to salvation.
Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999
|Profile Source: Anonymous|
|People Name General||Karnam|
|People Name in Country||Karnam|
|Population in India||83,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||2|
|Alternate Names||Kaikatti Karunigar, Kanaka Pillai, Karnavigar, Mathu Vazhi Kanakkar, Sarrattu Karunigar, Seer Karunigar, Sozhi Kanakkar, Srikarunigar, Srisayar, Sunnambu Karuni, कारणम|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||11 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||4|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Odia (79,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||ory Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Odia
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1809-2000)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|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||Following Jesus (India, JF Project)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Odia|
|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)|
|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: ODIA - Oriya|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bibles, Bible League|
|Text / Printed Matter||OneHope resources for children and youth|
|Text / Printed Matter||Online Bible (Bibles India)|