Katia in India

Joshua Project has identified the Katia only in India
Population
230,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Their name reflects two words, "livelihood" and "water," because they made their living as fishermen. Though many still fish for a living, they aren't all professional fishermen.


Where Are they Located?

Most live either in India's central state of Madhya Pradesh or neighboring Orissa. These two groups are entirely different from one another.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Katia people are mainly fishermen, though some worker as farm laborers. Others sell fish in the marketplace. Educated Katia women work as teachers or in office jobs.
Katia people live in both extended and nuclear families.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Katia people are Hindu. But as Dalits, they have such low status in the Hindu pecking order that they are running into trouble. In the last several years, latent hatred and distrust for the Dalits, or "untouchables," has escalated in Orissa. An Indian high court ruling in Orissa allowed Dalit people like the Katias to enter the Jagannath Temple, defying an age-old ban. History has proven that change comes with a high price, and in Orissa, many Dalits like the Katias have paid the price with their lives.

Some Dalits have not only entered temples, but performed rituals under police protection. Unfortunately this protection does not extend to outside the temple. Local villagers beat four Dalit women who were trying to enter the temple. Some priests have stopped the rituals and locked the temple's main gate. Many upper caste landowners have stopped giving work to people Dalits who attempt to defy their ancient ways.

The Katia worship Budima as their village deity, and the goddess Laxmi as their family deity. They also worship Ganesh, Shiva, and Kali.


What Are Their Needs?

The Katia people live in a part of India where there are few opportunities to hear the gospel.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Katia people will have the opportunity to hear of and respond to Jesus Christ. Pray that they will worship Him alone and abandon their Hindu gods.


Prayer Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-09-17
People Name General Katia
People Name in Country Katia
Population in India 230,000
World Population 230,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached Yes
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Kaibarta, Kaibartta, Kartia, Kathia, Katiar, Keuta, Kotia, Laskar, Patharia, काटीया
People ID 17112
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 10
Largest States
Madhya Pradesh (193,000) Odisha (10,000) Haryana (7,000)
Maharashtra (6,200) Chhattisgarh (6,000) Delhi (5,200)
Himachal Pradesh (1,800) Rajasthan (500) Punjab (500)
Goa (40)
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 10
Madhya Pradesh (193,000) Odisha (10,000)
Haryana (7,000) Maharashtra (6,200)
Chhattisgarh (6,000) Delhi (5,200)
Himachal Pradesh (1,800) Rajasthan (500)
Punjab (500) Goa (40)
Primary Language: Hindi (180,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: hin   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 15
Secondary Languages:
Odia (12,000) Marathi (5,100) Chhattisgarhi (5,000)
Nimadi (2,000) Bilaspuri (600) Haroti: Harauti (400)
Punjabi, Eastern (400) Konkani (300) Kangri (200)
Haryanvi (200) Ahirani (100) Bagri (90)
Malvi (60) Bagheli (20)
Primary Language: Hindi (180,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 15
Secondary Languages:
Odia (12,000) Marathi (5,100)
Chhattisgarhi (5,000) Nimadi (2,000)
Bilaspuri (600) Haroti: Harauti (400)
Punjabi, Eastern (400) Konkani (300)
Kangri (200) Haryanvi (200)
Ahirani (100) Bagri (90)
Malvi (60) Bagheli (20)
Primary Language: Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
 
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Hindi Bible stories
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 Fathers 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 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 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 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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