Kandha Gauda in India

The Kandha Gauda have only been reported in India
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Introduction / History

The Kondh tribe is found in various parts of India, primarily in the state of Odisha.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Kondh people live a simple lifestyle. Their agricultural work is carried out without the use of modern farming machinery or irrigation. They depend solely on rain for agriculture. Traditionally they depended on hunting, but that is no longer an option. They remain without work or a steady income for a good part of the year. The Kondh do not trust modern medicine. They have a great belief in superstitions and local remedies, and thus they have a high infant mortality rate. Not only that, but they would have to travel 25 km for medical aid. They are unable to adjust to modern advances due to poor communication, lack of education and a poor health system. Though they live 15 to 25 km from the block headquarters in Jharigam, there is no road to those areas. The Kondh have to depend on Jharigam for much of their resources and services. In the rainy season these areas remain cut off from the main land. There is no school or hospital in their area. They also have to send their children to nearby schools which are 10 km from their home. This is the reason that they don't want to send their children to school.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kondh people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins. Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

The Kondh people need to submit to Jesus Christ so they can experience the abundant life He offers them in John 10:10.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Kondh people will have a spiritual hunger that will open their hearts to the King of kings. Pray for workers who are driven by the love and boldness of the Holy Spirit to go to them. Pray for a Disciple Making Movement among them to begin this decade.


Scripture Prayers for the Kandha Gauda in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Kandha Gauda
People Name in Country Kandha Gauda
Alternate Names Khandal; Tanhala Gauda; कंधा गौड़ा
Population this Country 32,000
Population all Countries 32,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 17141
ROP3 Code 112490
ROP25 Code 303639
ROP25 Name Kandha Gaoda
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Odisha 31,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.82 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
98.50 %
Islam
0.08 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.02 %
Unknown
0.57 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Odia (20,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 29
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Kuvi
2,000
Hindi
900
Pengo
600
Santhali
400
Ho
300
Kurux
300
Bhatri
300
Munda
200
Telugu
200
Gondi, Northern
100
Mal Paharia
90
Mundari
90
Sora
80
Bengali
80
Halbi
80
Primary Language Odia (20,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 29
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Kuvi 2,000
  Hindi 900
  Pengo 600
  Santhali 400
  Ho 300
  Kurux 300
  Bhatri 300
  Munda 200
  Telugu 200
  Gondi, Northern 100
  Mal Paharia 90
  Mundari 90
  Sora 80
  Bengali 80
  Halbi 80
People Groups Speaking Odia

Primary Language:  Odia

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1811-1956)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1809-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1815-2021)
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Photo Source Chitranjan Khandal 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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