Katia in India

Joshua Project has identified the Katia only in India
Population
223,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
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.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-09-17
People Name General Katia
People Name in Country Katia
Population in India 223,000
World Population 223,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 5 to 6
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Kaibarta, Kaibartta, Kartia, Kathia, Katiar, Keuta, Kotia, Laskar, Patharia, काटीया
People ID 17112
ROP3 Code 112457
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 10
Largest States
Madhya Pradesh
(187,000)
Odisha
(10,000)
Haryana
(6,600)
Maharashtra
(6,100)
Chhattisgarh
(5,800)
Delhi
(5,100)
Himachal Pradesh
(1,700)
Rajasthan
(500)
Punjab
(400)
Goa
(40)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 10
  Madhya Pradesh (187,000)
  Odisha (10,000)
  Haryana (6,600)
  Maharashtra (6,100)
  Chhattisgarh (5,800)
  Delhi (5,100)
  Himachal Pradesh (1,700)
  Rajasthan (500)
  Punjab (400)
  Goa (40)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (180,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
Odia
(12,000)
Chhattisgarhi
(5,600)
Marathi
(5,200)
Nimadi
(2,000)
Bilaspuri
(600)
Haroti: Harauti
(400)
Konkani
(400)
Punjabi, Eastern
(400)
Kangri
(200)
Haryanvi
(200)
Ahirani
(100)
Bagri
(90)
Malvi
(60)
Bagheli
(20)
People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (180,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
  Odia (12,000)
  Chhattisgarhi (5,600)
  Marathi (5,200)
  Nimadi (2,000)
  Bilaspuri (600)
  Haroti: Harauti (400)
  Konkani (400)
  Punjabi, Eastern (400)
  Kangri (200)
  Haryanvi (200)
  Ahirani (100)
  Bagri (90)
  Malvi (60)
  Bagheli (20)
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 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 Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Ten Virgins (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.24 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.76 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
Unknown
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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