Kasar (Hindu traditions) in India


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Subgroups: 22 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
Maite 6,000
Mamdo 6,000
Mumudpuri 6,000
Saptagrami 6,000
Bisnagari 400
Champaneri 400
Gujarati 400
Jamnagari 400
Mara 400
Maru 400

Introduction / History

The Kasar or Tambat are a people who live throughout the nation of India. Their traditional occupation is the production and sale of copper and brass items. Tambat in Marathi means copper. The cast of the Kasar depends on where they live. Some Kasar claim Kshatriya level, the second highest caste in Hinduism. In other areas they are seen as merchants, workers or even Dalits. In Maharashtra they are given Other Backward Caste designation making them eligible for special preferences for public jobs and university admission.

Literacy is a problem among the Kasar. Only 80% of the men and 65% of the women can read and write. The Indian government is working to raise those figures.

The economic position of the Kasar varies widely. Some are wealthy factory owners. These factories used modern machinery to make metal vessels, idols, utensils, bangles (rigid bracelets) and musical instruments. Other Kasar shape metals items like their ancestors did using ancient techniques. One of their specialties is using a hard form of brass called bell metal. They shape bell metal into polished bells and cymbals. The price of copper has skyrocketed due to it value in electoral wire. Some Kasar have had to leave the metal working profession and find new employment in agriculture and manufacturing.

The primary language of the Kasar is Marathi. They also speak Hindi. Their native language depends much upon where they live in India.


Where Are they Located?

The Kasar live in many regions and states of India including Maharashtra, Telangana, Odisha, West Bengal, Karnataka and Bihar.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Kasar marry within their caste but not within their clan. Cousin marriages are forbidden. In times past, girls were married off young, from age 5 to 12. Now adult marriage is more common. Sons inherit property with the eldest son gaining possession of the family home.

The Kasar use Brahmin priests for important life ceremonies like births, weddings and funerals. The Kasar dead are cremated expect for children who are buried. The ashes of the dead are put into a river.

Some Kasar are vegetarians while others eat meat except for beef. Their principal foods are rice, wheat, vegetables and fruit.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kasar practice Hinduism influenced by folk religion. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Kali, the goddess of sexuality and death, is their patron deity. They also worship Vishnu and his avatars Rama and Krishna. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Kasar visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers and incense to their gods. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.


The main yearly holidays of the Kasar people are Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the celebration of autumn and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

The Kasar need to hear the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ in an understandable way. They need help in educating their children and learning new jobs skills as their ancient profession is vanishing. The Kasar need to see the love and mercy of Christ lived out among them in practical ways by Christians.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Kasar (Hindu traditions) in India.

* Pray the Lord will open the hearts of the Kasar people to desire God's blessings through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.
* Pray that strong movements to Jesus will bring whole Kasar families into rich experiences of God's blessings.
* Pray that God will overthrow spiritual forces of darkness opposing the spread of His Gospel among the Kasar people.


References

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twashta_Kasar
http://indpaedia.com/ind/index.php/Kasar
http://twashtakasartambat.blogspot.com/


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

People Name General Kasar (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Kasar (Hindu traditions)
World Population 669,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 13
Alternate Names Achari; Balagara; Balegara; Bogam; Bogar; Bogara Jaen; Bogara Jain; Jamera; Kanchara; Kanchari; Kanchera; Kanchigar; Kanchori; Kanchugar; Kanchugara; Kancugara; Kangsbanik; Kanisan; Kannar; Kansai; Kansar; Kansara; Kansari; Kanskar; Kasera; Katansar; Katesan; Katesar; Kesara Jain; Musaplu; Musarlu; Otkar; Pattamkatti; Tamar; Tambat; Tambatkar; Tamer; Tamera; Tamrakar; Tamraokar; Thathera; Thetra; Tinda; Twasta Kasar; कसर (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17110
ROP3 Code 112453
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster South Asia Hindu - Other
People Group Kasar (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25c
Total Subgroups 22 (only 15 largest shown)
  Maite 6,000
  Mamdo 6,000
  Mumudpuri 6,000
  Saptagrami 6,000
  Bisnagari 400
  Champaneri 400
  Gujarati 400
  Jamnagari 400
  Mara 400
  Maru 400
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 19
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Maharashtra
153,000
Telangana
102,000
Odisha
96,000
West Bengal
94,000
Bihar
90,000
Gujarat
34,000
Madhya Pradesh
29,000
Karnataka
26,000
Chhattisgarh
19,000
Jharkhand
11,000
Uttar Pradesh
1,900
Tamil Nadu
1,100
Goa
300
Dadra and Nagar Have
200
Andaman and Nicobar
200
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 19
  Maharashtra 153,000
  Telangana 102,000
  Odisha 96,000
  West Bengal 94,000
  Bihar 90,000
  Gujarat 34,000
  Madhya Pradesh 29,000
  Karnataka 26,000
  Chhattisgarh 19,000
  Jharkhand 11,000
  Uttar Pradesh 1,900
  Tamil Nadu 1,100
  Goa 300
  Dadra and Nagar Have 200
  Andaman and Nicobar 200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Marathi (113,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 23
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Hindi
107,000
Telugu
102,000
Odia
87,000
Bengali
84,000
Kannada
40,000
Gujarati
37,000
Bhojpuri
32,000
Chhattisgarhi
16,000
Magahi
15,000
Ahirani
3,800
Maithili
3,100
Konkani
2,800
Khandesi
2,500
Malvi
1,400
Tamil
1,000
Primary Language Marathi (113,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 23
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Hindi 107,000
  Telugu 102,000
  Odia 87,000
  Bengali 84,000
  Kannada 40,000
  Gujarati 37,000
  Bhojpuri 32,000
  Chhattisgarhi 16,000
  Magahi 15,000
  Ahirani 3,800
  Maithili 3,100
  Konkani 2,800
  Khandesi 2,500
  Malvi 1,400
  Tamil 1,000
People Groups Speaking Marathi

Primary Language:  Marathi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1807-1957)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1982)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1821-2002)
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 Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Marathi
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 Marathi
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: मराठी - Marathi
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.02 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.42 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.56 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source First Assembly of God, St. Joseph, MI 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source David Kugel  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.