Karwal in India

The Karwal have only been reported in India
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Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

The Karwal people claim to have Rajput origins. Their name is derived from the word karol, meaning sickle, which is associated with their traditional occupation of hunting.


Where Are they Located?

Though they may have originated in Rajasthan, today they live in Uttar Pradesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Karwal people have monogamous marriages which are officiated by Brahmin priests. They marry as adults. Their women are restricted to traditional household jobs, though they contribute to the family income.

Their men work as government employees, weavers, or agricultural workers, though a good number of them distill liquor for a living.

Traditional councils regulate their social affairs at the village level. This council is lead by someone who is elected by a voice vote. Social problems related to adultery, divorce, and inter-family disputes can lead to offenders being given physical punishment or excommunicated.

The Karwal people have their own folk-tales. Women sing folk songs at special occasions of birth and marriage and during Holi.
They are favorable to formal education, and their boys sometimes even achieve a college education. Their girls, however, have a low literacy rate.

Though they live in villages, the Karwal people have contact with the rest of the world through radio and cinema. They use the public roads and railroads to move about.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Karwal people are 100 Hindu. They worship Durga and Kali as family deities and Ram as a village deity.


What Are Their Needs?

On a spiritual level, they need to hear the gospel. This is difficult since they live in a part of India where only one in 1,000 professes Christ.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Karwal in India.

* Pray for the Karwal people to be introduced to Jesus through Christian radio broadcasts, the JESUS Film, and through Christ's ambassadors.

* Pray for Christians to provide them with girl's schools.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

People Name General Karwal
People Name in Country Karwal
World Population 8,300
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bhuiya; Dom; Gaur; Karual; Karva; Karwalnut; Uriya; कार्वाल
People ID 17107
ROP3 Code 112450
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 4
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
7,300
Bihar
600
Uttarakhand
400
Maharashtra
60
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 4
  Uttar Pradesh 7,300
  Bihar 600
  Uttarakhand 400
  Maharashtra 60
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Hindi (7,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Kanauji
400
Bhojpuri
300
Garhwali
200
Braj Bhasha
200
Kumaoni
80
Primary Language Hindi (7,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Kanauji 400
  Bhojpuri 300
  Garhwali 200
  Braj Bhasha 200
  Kumaoni 80
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
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
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 (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
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 The Hope Video
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.06 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.80 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.14 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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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.