Kalal (Hindu traditions) in India


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Introduction / History

The Kalal of India have traditionally been involved in the production and distribution of liquor. Their name comes from the Sanskrit word for "liquor distillers." Since many Hindus look down on the use of alcohol, the Kalal began in the last century to adopt other professions like agriculture, the military, government service and law. The Kalal speak the languages of the Indian regions where they live. Their three primary languages are Telugu, Kannada and Hindi.


Where Are they Located?

The Kalal people live throughout much of the nation of India. Most Kalal live in the southern Indian states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Kala are endogamous, that is, they marry within their community. Adult marriages and monogamy are the general practice. Families arrange most marriages in a ceremony with a Brahmin present. Most newly married couples live with or near the husband's family.

The Kalal eat meat but not beef or pork. Their main staple is rice along with fruit, vegetables and dairy products. Alcoholism is a problem in the Kalal people.

The Kalal encourage their children to pursue higher education and become professionals.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kalal worship Vishnu, the preserver god, in his incarnations of Rama and Krishna. The Kalal cremate their dead and the ashes are placed in a sacred river like the Ganges.

A Kalal priest leads worship, practices traditional medicine and prays to protect his people from evil spirits. The Kalal celebrate the Hindu festivals like the birthday of Rama. Holi is the spring festival of colors. Kalal worship Durga, a form of Kali, during the nine holy days of Navratri.


Prayer Points

* Pray the Lord sends Christian workers to share God's truth and compassion with the Kalal.
* Pray the Kalal would be drawn to the Savior not alcohol.
* Pray that the Lord produces a growing church soon in the Kalal community.


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

People Name General Kalal (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Kalal (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 4,003,000
World Population 4,005,200
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 80
Alternate Names Ahlajia, Aluwala, Aluwari, Aray, Arya Katagaru, Asili, Chaukse, Chaulise, Dadsena, Ediga Balija, Gamalla, Gavara, Gouda, Hindu Kasai, Idiga, Indra, Iraqi, Iraque, Jaisawal, Kahar, Kalal, Kalan, Kalanaj, Kalans, Kalar, Kalate Kalans, Kali, Kalivar, Kalwar, Kasai, Katagaru, Katig, Khatik, Kolar, Kolawar, Kumarpaik, Ladar, Lader, Madvi, Malvi, Maratha Kasai, Naidu, Namdhari, Panda, Paneda, Raj Bhoi, Raki, Roy, Shindigar, Sundi, Thiyar, Tiyan, Vadugan, Walia, Yatollu, Yediga, Yelegar, Yellegar, कलाल (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17204
ROP3 Code 112570
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Telugu
People Group Kalal (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25b
Total Subgroups on file 18
Largest Subgroups
(only 15 largest shown)
Mudde
58,000
Arya Kalal
16,000
Swaswe
15,000
Bainu Divar
12,000
Tengina Divar
12,000
Mewara
6,300
Purbia
5,300
Svalka
5,300
Ghogia
200
Yata
200
Bare
0
Chhote
0
Dandu
0
Kanelegar
0
Karunya
0
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Telugu
People Group Kalal (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25b
Total Subgroups 18 (only 15 largest shown)
  Mudde 58,000
  Arya Kalal 16,000
  Swaswe 15,000
  Bainu Divar 12,000
  Tengina Divar 12,000
  Mewara 6,300
  Purbia 5,300
  Svalka 5,300
  Ghogia 200
  Yata 200
  Bare 0
  Chhote 0
  Dandu 0
  Kanelegar 0
  Karunya 0
Country India
Region South Asia
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 26
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Telangana
1,746,000
Karnataka
1,332,000
Madhya Pradesh
310,000
Maharashtra
218,000
Tamil Nadu
153,000
Rajasthan
119,000
Bihar
53,000
Jharkhand
23,000
Andhra Pradesh
20,000
Gujarat
7,400
West Bengal
4,400
Odisha
3,400
Kerala
3,200
Chhattisgarh
1,800
Goa
1,800
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 26  (only 20 largest shown)
  Telangana 1,746,000
  Karnataka 1,332,000
  Madhya Pradesh 310,000
  Maharashtra 218,000
  Tamil Nadu 153,000
  Rajasthan 119,000
  Bihar 53,000
  Jharkhand 23,000
  Andhra Pradesh 20,000
  Gujarat 7,400
  West Bengal 4,400
  Odisha 3,400
  Kerala 3,200
  Chhattisgarh 1,800
  Goa 1,800
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Telugu (1,883,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 28
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Kannada
729,000
Hindi
466,000
Tulu
244,000
Konkani
193,000
Marathi
140,000
Konkani, Goan
132,000
Mewari
33,000
Wagdi
26,000
Tamil
23,000
Marwari
11,000
Bagheli
9,600
Bhojpuri
8,100
Malvi
7,800
Bundeli
7,100
Chhattisgarhi
5,700
Other People Groups Speaking Telugu
Primary Language Telugu (1,883,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 28
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Kannada 729,000
  Hindi 466,000
  Tulu 244,000
  Konkani 193,000
  Marathi 140,000
  Konkani, Goan 132,000
  Mewari 33,000
  Wagdi 26,000
  Tamil 23,000
  Marwari 11,000
  Bagheli 9,600
  Bhojpuri 8,100
  Malvi 7,800
  Bundeli 7,100
  Chhattisgarhi 5,700
People Groups Speaking Telugu

Primary Language:  Telugu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1812-1966)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1818-1989)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1854-2002)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Telugu
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Telugu
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 Hope Video
Film / Video The Pearl of Great Price (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
98.68 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
1.32 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
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.


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