Kallattu Kurup in India

The Kallattu Kurup have only been reported in India
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Main Language
Largest Religion
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

Kallattu Kurup people are the only people who perform the art of Kalamezhuthu. It began, as legend describes as follows: An artist who was a disciple of a sage was eager to see the true vision of the goddess Thirumandhavu Bhagavathy. He observed penance for days, and finally the goddess gave her vision. He immediately drew the picture of the goddess on a stone. Thereafter, he was called Kallattu Kurup, since he has drawn picture on a stone (Kallu in Malayalam means stone).


Where Are they Located?

All of the Kallattu Kurup people live in Kerala, a state in southwestern India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Kallattu Kurup people provide for themselves by lime burning, pearl hunting, government service, and Kalamezhuthu, an art form of drawing figures of goddesses on the floors of temples, schools, and public buildings using natural powder of various colors. This is considered an art form, also a religious ritual. Apprentices are given two-year scholarships by the Central Government.

The patriarch is the head of their families. Marriage ceremonies are held at the bride's residence.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kallattu Kurup people 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. 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 many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

The main yearly holidays of the Kallattu Kurup 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.


What Are Their Needs?

Although audio, visual, and written Bible resources are available in Malayalam, their spoken language, they remain unreached and unengaged with the truth of the gospel. Their greatest need is to understand the infinite love of Almighty God for them, and his provisional payment of the penalty for their sins. They need the light of the gospel to shine in their communities so they can experience the abundant life Christ offers.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Kallattu Kurup people teachable and understanding hearts.
Pray that a strong movement of the Holy Spirit will bring entire Kallattu Kurup families into a rich experience of God's blessing.
Pray for Kallattu Kurup families to be drawn by the Holy Spirit to seek forgiveness, and to understand the adequacy of Christ's work on the cross.
Pray for teams of believers to do sustained, focused prayer for the Lord to open the hearts of Kallattu Kurup family leaders to experience God's blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.


Scripture Prayers for the Kallattu Kurup in India.


References

http://www.keralawindow.net/hindu_files/hindu_k.html
https://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/art/the-tribal-temple-art-of-kalamezhuthu/article27157679.ece
https://u2dmusic.com/artist/276287/Kurup/about
http://www.keralawindow.net/hindu_files/hindu_k.html


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Kallattu Kurup
People Name in Country Kallattu Kurup
Population this Country 1,100
Population all Countries 1,100
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Kolam Kurup; कल्लत्तू कुरूप
People ID 17200
ROP3 Code 112565
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)
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 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Kerala 1,100
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Malayalam (1,100 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Malayalam (1,100 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Malayalam

Primary Language:  Malayalam

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1811-1968)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1829-1995)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1841-2022)
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 Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
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 Malayalam Jesus Film Project
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 Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Four Spiritual Laws Campus Crusade for Christ
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
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 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more