Kaikolan in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Subgroups: 7

Subgroup Name Population
Ponnambalaththar 11,000
Perutali Unknown
Rattu Unknown
Sevaghavratti Unknown
Sirpadam Unknown
Sirutali Unknown
Sozhia Unknown

Introduction / History

The Kaikolan people live in the southern Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. Traditionally, the Kaikolan were involved in growing, weaving and selling cotton. They are classified as a Backwards Caste meaning they are eligible for special university admissions and public jobs. The Kaikolan speak several languages. Their main language is Tamil. Many resources are available in Tamil including a complete Bible, radio broadcasts and the JESUS Film. A small fraction of the Kaikolan claim to followers of Jesus Christ.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Kaikolan live in extended families. The occupations of the Kaikolan who live in rural areas are agriculture and animal husbandry. Urban Kaikolan work in factories, in construction, in retail and for the government. Families and young people arrange marriages. The newly wedded couple often lives with the groom’s parents. Sons inherit the property of their father upon his death. Unfortunately, the education level of many Kaikolan is low. Children frequently quit school after a few years to help their parents earn a living. A caste council settle legal issues and enforces social norms. Educated Kaikolan have found jobs in the computer science, schools, medicine and engineering.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The vast majority of the Kaikolan practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Kaikolan 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 as Christians do. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. The main yearly holidays of the Kaikolan people are 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. The caste system divides Hindus into four main categories - Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and the Shudras. Dalits and tribal peoples are outside of the caste system. The Kaikolan fit into the Shudra or working class.


What Are Their Needs?

Most Kaikolan need to be more proficient in reading and writing. They need to learn new job skills and obtain university educations. Kaikolan villages need access to clean water, electricity and modern medicine. Most of all the Kaikolan need to hear and accept the good news of Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and grant them eternal life.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Kaikolan in India.

* Pray for the Holy Spirit to give open minds to the Kaikolan and a hunger for God’s truth. * Ask the Lord to raise up a disciple making movement among the Kaikolan in this decade. * Pray for a medical teams to go to Kaikolan villages and tell the Kaikolan about Jesus. * Pray for Tamil Bibles to fall into the hands of seeking Kaikolan.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-10-09
People Name General Kaikolan
People Name in Country Kaikolan
Population this Country 2,477,000
Population all Countries 2,555,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 50
Alternate Names Kaikala; Kaikola Mudali; Karikalabakthalu; Kerala Mudaliyar; Mudaliar; Segundar; Sengundar Christian; Sengunthar; Sengunthar Kaikola Mudaliyar; Sengurithar; काकोलन
People ID 17199
ROP3 Code 112563
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 21
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Tamil Nadu
2,234,000
Andhra Pradesh
122,000
Kerala
66,000
Puducherry
35,000
Karnataka
9,500
Telangana
4,500
Delhi
2,100
Maharashtra
1,200
Andaman and Nicobar
500
Gujarat
400
West Bengal
400
Madhya Pradesh
300
Uttar Pradesh
200
Chhattisgarh
200
Jharkhand
100
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 21  (only 20 largest shown)
  Tamil Nadu 2,234,000
  Andhra Pradesh 122,000
  Kerala 66,000
  Puducherry 35,000
  Karnataka 9,500
  Telangana 4,500
  Delhi 2,100
  Maharashtra 1,200
  Andaman and Nicobar 500
  Gujarat 400
  West Bengal 400
  Madhya Pradesh 300
  Uttar Pradesh 200
  Chhattisgarh 200
  Jharkhand 100
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Tamil (2,349,000 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
Saurashtra
55,000
Malayalam
50,000
Telugu
33,000
Kannada
11,000
Konkani
2,900
English
100
Konkani, Goan
Primary Language Tamil (2,349,000 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
  Saurashtra 55,000
  Malayalam 50,000
  Telugu 33,000
  Kannada 11,000
  Konkani 2,900
  English 100
  Konkani, Goan 10
People Groups Speaking Tamil

Primary Language:  Tamil

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1714-1956)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1715-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1727-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Finding Peace
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tamil
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 The Prophets' Story
General Bible Visuals
General Comprehensive list of Tamil Resources
General God's Simple Plan
General Gospel website in this language
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.23 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.77 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2021  India Missions Association  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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