Kisan in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Subgroups: 1

Subgroup Name Population
Agari 300

Introduction / History

Operation World states, "India's ancient, complex, and often difficult to understand past, it's racial, ethnic, religious, and linguistic diversity, and the caste system, all make detailed population analysis very difficult."

Kisan people are classed as a scheduled caste. This benefits them in work, parliament, and in other areas. Kisan means "farmer."


Where Are they Located?

Kisan people live in India, in the states of Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar, and Orissa. Many Kisan may now be living in Jharkhand in India. They are called by names according to the states in which they live.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Kisan use the languages of the states in which they live, however, there is general knowledge of spoken Hindi and Urdu. This is notable, because written and audio scriptural resources are available in these languages.

Kisan are landowners, who cultivate, and agriculture is their main occupation. Those who have no land usually work as agricultural laborers. In West Bengal, they often work on tea plantations.

Many Kisan are tribal peasants who sell honey and wild flowers. They eat rice, mutton, poultry and eggs among other foods. The Kisan men drink alcohol, mostly locally brewed, or home brewed.

Many parents cannot afford education for their children, so many have literacy problems. Many are victims of private moneylenders who charge high interests.

They prefer adult marriages. Marriage with the daughter of a mother's brother is accepted, except in Behar. Divorce is allowed in cases such as adultery, cruelty, and impotence. Parental property is divided equally among the sons. Women have roles in money, social, and religious matters. They have traditional councils at the village level to solve disputes.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Millions of Hindu pilgrims visit Varanasi on the Ganges River, but they will not find there the Living Water of the One who died in their place to pay the penalty for their sin. Kisan are Hindus and worship all the man gods and goddesses. They also worship gods from their tribal roots. They observe Hindu festivals. The Brahmin priests are called Purohit, and local priests perform ceremonies. They use medicine men.

Kisan have pollution periods for both births and deaths. In West Bengal, the dead are mainly cremated, and in Orissa, they are buried.


What Are Their Needs?

Human suffering and disease is immense. Cities are crowded and polluted. Rural areas have no amenities, infrastructure, or power. There is a severe shortage of health care facilities. Disease is widespread. Medical care and instruction are desperately needed.

Kisan people are unreached. Uttar Predesh, alone, possibly represents the most intense concentration of unevangelized people and groups in the world, and therefore, the greatest mission challenge. Thankfully, this is changing today.


Prayer Points

Pray that use of the JESUS Film in Hindi and Urdu will bare much spiritual fruit as Kisan people see and hear God's truth, and that churches will be planted as a result.
Pray for a major mobilization of prayer in churches worldwide for Kisan people.


Scripture Prayers for the Kisan in India.


References

www.peoplegroupsindia.com/profile/kisan


Profile Source:   Karent Hightower  

People Name General Kisan
People Name in Country Kisan
Alternate Names Birhor; Birhors; Dhangar; Koda; Kola; Kora; Kuda; Kurla; Mircha; Mirdha; Morvas; Nagesia; Nageswar; Urav; किसान
Population this Country 1,881,000
Population all Countries 1,891,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 38
People ID 17195
ROP3 Code 112559
ROP25 Code 304061
ROP25 Name Kisan (SC)
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 on file 14
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
1,252,000
Odisha
394,000
West Bengal
117,000
Jharkhand
44,000
Bihar
34,000
Uttarakhand
13,000
Assam
6,700
Arunachal Pradesh
1,300
Tripura
900
Chhattisgarh
300
Maharashtra
200
Delhi
100
Andaman and Nicobar
20
Madhya Pradesh
20
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 14
  Uttar Pradesh 1,252,000
  Odisha 394,000
  West Bengal 117,000
  Jharkhand 44,000
  Bihar 34,000
  Uttarakhand 13,000
  Assam 6,700
  Arunachal Pradesh 1,300
  Tripura 900
  Chhattisgarh 300
  Maharashtra 200
  Delhi 100
  Andaman and Nicobar 20
  Madhya Pradesh 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
1.72 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
96.61 %
Islam
0.07 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
1.59 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Hindi (642,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 61
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Awadhi
215,000
Kurux
197,000
Kanauji
194,000
Odia
137,000
Bengali
109,000
Sadri
38,000
Chhattisgarhi
6,900
Kumaoni
4,800
Assamese
3,100
Maithili
2,700
Angika
1,400
Mundari
1,000
Kharia
800
Kuvi
300
Munda
300
Primary Language Hindi (642,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 61
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Awadhi 215,000
  Kurux 197,000
  Kanauji 194,000
  Odia 137,000
  Bengali 109,000
  Sadri 38,000
  Chhattisgarhi 6,900
  Kumaoni 4,800
  Assamese 3,100
  Maithili 2,700
  Angika 1,400
  Mundari 1,000
  Kharia 800
  Kuvi 300
  Munda 300
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  (1818-2022)
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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
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Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture Talking Bibles
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rivka video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rock International: King of Glory Rock International
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Hope Video Mars Hill Media
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
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General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Karent Hightower 
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