Kalal (Hindu traditions) in India


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Subgroups: 18 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
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

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

* Scripture Prayers for the Kalal (Hindu traditions) in India.

* 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)
World Population 3,966,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 79
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 South Asia Hindu - Other
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
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 26
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Telangana
1,769,000
Karnataka
1,259,000
Madhya Pradesh
312,000
Maharashtra
221,000
Tamil Nadu
155,000
Rajasthan
117,000
Bihar
53,000
Andhra Pradesh
26,000
Jharkhand
23,000
Gujarat
7,500
West Bengal
4,700
Odisha
3,500
Kerala
3,300
Chhattisgarh
1,800
Goa
1,800
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 26  (only 20 largest shown)
  Telangana 1,769,000
  Karnataka 1,259,000
  Madhya Pradesh 312,000
  Maharashtra 221,000
  Tamil Nadu 155,000
  Rajasthan 117,000
  Bihar 53,000
  Andhra Pradesh 26,000
  Jharkhand 23,000
  Gujarat 7,500
  West Bengal 4,700
  Odisha 3,500
  Kerala 3,300
  Chhattisgarh 1,800
  Goa 1,800
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Telugu (2,095,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 28
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Kannada
702,000
Hindi
453,000
Tulu
242,000
Konkani
166,000
Marathi
142,000
Konkani, Goan
122,000
Mewari
31,000
Wagdi
26,000
Tamil
23,000
Marwari
11,000
Bagheli
10,000
Malvi
9,300
Bhojpuri
8,100
Bundeli
7,300
Chhattisgarhi
5,700
Primary Language Telugu (2,095,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 28
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Kannada 702,000
  Hindi 453,000
  Tulu 242,000
  Konkani 166,000
  Marathi 142,000
  Konkani, Goan 122,000
  Mewari 31,000
  Wagdi 26,000
  Tamil 23,000
  Marwari 11,000
  Bagheli 10,000
  Malvi 9,300
  Bhojpuri 8,100
  Bundeli 7,300
  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
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 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
Film / Video The Story
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
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 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.95 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.05 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
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.