Kammara in India

The Kammara have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Subgroups: 1

Subgroup Name Population
Baita 6,100

Introduction / History

Kammara is on of the tribes that is said to contain some Syrian Christians with links to the Syrian Jacobite Church. Descendants are traditionally believed to have been evangelized by the apostle Thomas.

Kammara people are also called Konda Kammara, and Ojas.


Where Are they Located?

Kammara people are located in Kerala, a state in southwestern India. They live in parts of East and West Godavari, Srikakulam, Viziananagaram, and Visakhapatnam regions.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Kammara people keep their own culture and traditions. They have good relations with other local tribes, and do agricultural work with them. They are also blacksmiths, carpenters, cultivators, and food gatherers in their rural community. They speak their own language along with Tamil and Telugu.

Kammara people celebrate festivals and special occasions with their own songs and folk dancing. They also celebrate new crop eating festivals and ceremonies. Other local tribes join them when it is festival time. The families of both the bride and the groom make decisions regarding marriages. They wear colorful clothing during weddings and social events. During such times Kammara women wear saris and brightly colored flowers. They braid and twist their hair and pierce their noses.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Kammara people are animistic in their beliefs, although a number follow Hinduism or Buddhism. The fact that they speak Tamil and Telugu is important, because numerous Bible audio and visual resources are available in these larger languages.


What Are Their Needs?

Their family, community, and inter-tribal events may be an opportunity for those who know God's truth to earn the privilege to speak into their community. Kammara people need to be liberated from traditions of caste that hinder receiving the savior who died in their place.


Prayer Points

* Pray that loving servants of Jesus Christ will lay down their lives to work alongside Kammara farmers and tradesmen to influence them by their Holy Spirit indwelt lives.

* Pray that Tamil and Telugu Bible resources, ie. the JESUS Film, GRN recordings, will be successfully introduced to Kammara communities.

* Pray that Kammara people will see past their traditional worship and celebrations and experience a growing desire to know the truth of God's word.

* Pray for church planting and Disciple-Making Movements to spring up among the Kammara people.


References

www.indianetzone.com/9/kammara_tribe.htm


Profile Source:   Karen Hightower  

People Name General Kammara
People Name in Country Kammara
Population in India 130,000
World Population 130,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 3
Alternate Names Kammalar, Kammari, Kammiyan, Kommula, Konda Kammara, Ozulu, Vojali, कंमरा
People ID 17214
ROP3 Code 112580
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 10
Largest States
Andhra Pradesh
49,000
Odisha
39,000
Chhattisgarh
22,000
Karnataka
14,000
Telangana
4,300
Tamil Nadu
1,200
Puducherry
400
Uttar Pradesh
200
Kerala
60
West Bengal
50
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 10
  Andhra Pradesh 49,000
  Odisha 39,000
  Chhattisgarh 22,000
  Karnataka 14,000
  Telangana 4,300
  Tamil Nadu 1,200
  Puducherry 400
  Uttar Pradesh 200
  Kerala 60
  West Bengal 50
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Telugu (68,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 20
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Odia
24,000
Chhattisgarhi
16,000
Kannada
14,000
Hindi
4,500
Tamil
800
Kui
600
Marathi
600
Kurux
200
Kuvi
100
Bhatri
100
Koya
100
Pengo
90
Gujarati
80
Malayalam
70
Bengali
30
Other People Groups Speaking Telugu
Primary Language Telugu (68,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 20
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Odia 24,000
  Chhattisgarhi 16,000
  Kannada 14,000
  Hindi 4,500
  Tamil 800
  Kui 600
  Marathi 600
  Kurux 200
  Kuvi 100
  Bhatri 100
  Koya 100
  Pengo 90
  Gujarati 80
  Malayalam 70
  Bengali 30
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 (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 Unknown)
0.66 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
90.96 %
Islam
0.11 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
7.94 %
Unknown
0.32 %
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Karen Hightower  
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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