Kaikolan in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Subgroups: 7

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

Introduction / History

The Kaikolan are geographically bordered between the states of Tamilnadu (to the south and east) and Kerala (to the north and west). There appears to be a potential concentration of the Kaikolan near a city named Erode. Erode is famous for cotton and textile manufacturing.

There are nearly two million Kaikolan people between the two India states. They are nearly all Hindu with a very small sampling of Muslim and an even smaller number of Evangelicals located within the UPG. These small numbers of converts may actually be due to the large cities located near the UPG.

The Kaikolan speak several languages though namely Tamil. The Tamil language is similar to Arabic, Aramaic and other character (sound) based languages.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Kaikolan, like many other Indian castes, have a basic social unit comprised of the extended family. There will be a male head of the house hold which answers to a group of elder or senior males. This elder group in turn will make major decisions for the caste. Family to family ministry may prove beneficial.

One Kaikolan legend deals with a now deforested area in which outsiders came (hunting local game) and the locals were so outraged at the constant intrusion that one of their own (perhaps an unclean warrior) that he reportedly cut the tail form the beast causing the outsiders to leave. This type of mythology may give rise to other redemptive analogies and similar reach strategies.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kaikolan even though they are Hindu will probably have some sort of tribal awareness of spirits, magical powers, ancestry worship and perhaps even other forms of animistic worship. Shamans, healers and magicians provide locals with contact with the other side, healing of injuries and perhaps even power encounters.

The Kaikolan are considered a backwards caste, they are family oriented with perhaps a smattering of animism and family worship practices under the guise of Hinduism. They are an UPG who exist in the southern part of India which means there will be mass illiteracy, poor hygiene, little to no literacy and other unsuspecting issues.

The Kaikolan being Tamil heart speakers have several key evangelical tools available to them. These include the Jesus film, radio broadcasts, audio tapes and the Bible. Each of these tools will be paramount to effectively ministering to the UPG. There is at least one variation of Tamil in addition to theirs. These linguistic patterns will need to be identified, written down and taught.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Kaikolan in India.

The Kaikolan are in need of much prayer.
* They need prayer for a mission team to stand up for them
* They need prayer for one godly man waiting for the Word
* They need prayer for a local opportunity to host a team
* They need prayer for evangelical tools to be made available
* They need prayer for open minds leading to open hearts
* They need prayer for God's forgiveness
* They need prayer for God's salvation


Profile Source:   Delta Team  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-10-09
People Name General Kaikolan
People Name in Country Kaikolan
World Population 2,547,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 49
Alternate Names Kerala Mudaliyar, Mudaliar, Segundar, Sengundar Christian, Sengunthar, Sengurithar, काकोलन
People ID 17199
ROP3 Code 112563
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Tamil
People Group Kaikolan
Ethnic Code CNN23c
Total Subgroups 7
  Ponnambalaththar 11,000
  Perutali 0
  Rattu 0
  Sevaghavratti 0
  Sirpadam 0
  Sirutali 0
  Sozhia 0
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
2,223,000
Andhra Pradesh
123,000
Kerala
67,000
Puducherry
35,000
Karnataka
9,900
Telangana
4,600
Delhi
2,200
Maharashtra
1,300
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 2,223,000
  Andhra Pradesh 123,000
  Kerala 67,000
  Puducherry 35,000
  Karnataka 9,900
  Telangana 4,600
  Delhi 2,200
  Maharashtra 1,300
  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 (2,361,000 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
Malayalam
51,000
Telugu
25,000
Kannada
6,900
Konkani
2,900
English
100
Konkani, Goan
Primary Language Tamil (2,361,000 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
  Malayalam 51,000
  Telugu 25,000
  Kannada 6,900
  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  (1727-2002)
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 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 General Ministry Resources
Film / Video God's Story Video
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 God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.22 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.78 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Delta Team  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.