Kirar in India

The Kirar have only been reported in India
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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Subgroups: 7

Subgroup Name Population
Dhakar 26,000
Karod 26,000
Chauria 25,000
Dhakad 2,300
Karan 2,300
Vidura 2,300
Choria 1,700

Introduction / History

The Kirar or Kirad are an agricultural people who live in central India. They claim to be descendants of Rajputs but other Rajputs do not accept them as belonging to their caste. Their name comes from a village in Rajastan where they originally lived before migrating across India.

The Kirar live near riverbanks where they cultivate cotton, sugar cane, the grain sorghum, lentils and other crops. They are considered a Backward Caste and are eligible for reserved places in public jobs and education. In a recent survey 80% of Kirar men were literate and only 50% of Kirar women. Some Kirar work their own land while others work as landless laborers.

While the majority of the Kirar follow their traditional occupation of farming, some educated Kirar have gained positions in public service, schools, engineering and business.

The primary language of the Kirar is Hindi. They also speak other regional Indian languages.


Where Are they Located?

Most Kirar live in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Some also live in Rajastan, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The lives of the Kirar are influenced by the monsoon wet/dry yearly cycles and the Hindu holidays. Their primary food is sorghum or white millet. Rice and wheat are only eaten on festival days. As a rule, they are vegetarians. Men are known to eat meat except for beef on feast days.

Brahmin priests are paid to perform important life rituals like birth, weddings and funerals. The Kirar are endogamous, that is they marry within their group. Families arrange marriages. A young person is not allowed to marry someone with the same surname or the surname of his or her mother's brother. Newly married couples live with or near the father of the groom. Sons inherit property with the eldest son receiving the parent's home. Dead marriage people are cremated while single people are buried.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kirar practice Hinduism, the ancient religion and culture of India. They worship and serve the many gods of the Hindu pantheon. They often visit Hindu temples where they offer food, flowers and incense to their deities. The Kirar pay special allegiance to Durga, the warrior-mother goddess and Nag Deo, the cobra god.

The Kirar participate in the annual Hindu holidays such as Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of lights and Navratri, the nine-day celebration of autumn.


What Are Their Needs?

The Kirar need to hear the life-changing message of Jesus Christ in a way they can understand. They also need help in educating their children and in aiding them to obtain higher crop yields on their farms. The Kirar need to see that the rituals and good works of Hinduism will not make them right with a holy God.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Kirar in India.

* Pray the Lord sends Christian workers to befriend the Kirar and share with them the gospel of Christ.
* Pray God softens the hearts of the Kirar so they might be open to hearing the claims of Christ.
* Pray for God to win many Kirar to Himself and that Bible-believing, growing churches are planted in their community.


References

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirar
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Kirar
http://indpaedia.com/ind/index.php/Kirar:_Kirad


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

People Name General Kirar
People Name in Country Kirar
World Population 886,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 18
Alternate Names Dhakar, Karod, Kerat, Kirad, Kirod, किरार
People ID 17194
ROP3 Code 112557
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster South Asia Hindu - Other
People Group Kirar
Ethnic Code CNN25g
Total Subgroups 7
  Dhakar 26,000
  Karod 26,000
  Chauria 25,000
  Dhakad 2,300
  Karan 2,300
  Vidura 2,300
  Choria 1,700
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 5
Largest States
Madhya Pradesh
723,000
Rajasthan
68,000
Uttar Pradesh
67,000
Maharashtra
27,000
Chhattisgarh
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 5
  Madhya Pradesh 723,000
  Rajasthan 68,000
  Uttar Pradesh 67,000
  Maharashtra 27,000
  Chhattisgarh 200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (777,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
Bundeli
35,000
Haroti: Harauti
23,000
Marathi
16,000
Dhundari
10,000
Braj Bhasha
5,900
Malvi
3,700
Chhattisgarhi
300
Mewari: Khairari
100
Primary Language Hindi (777,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
  Bundeli 35,000
  Haroti: Harauti 23,000
  Marathi 16,000
  Dhundari 10,000
  Braj Bhasha 5,900
  Malvi 3,700
  Chhattisgarhi 300
  Mewari: Khairari 100
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
0.00 %
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 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
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.