Kokna in India

The Kokna have only been reported in India
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Introduction / History

Many Kokna (aka. Kokni, Kukna, Kukni) people of India are a scheduled tribe.


Where Are they Located?

Kokna people live in the State of Gujarat.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Their language is Indo-Arayan. They also speak Hindi, Marathi and read and write in Devanagari.
Their main food is rice. They also eat wheat, vegetables and fruit which they grow in their fields. They also eat pork and goat meat. They work in agriculture and as laborers. Some work for the government.
Kokna women wear saris and fadki. They cut the saris in two and the top part is called fadki and the sari covers the lower part of the body. They marry within their group.
Kokna people are known for being artistic, especially with wood carvings. They make masks from soft wood. They also make tobacco containers from wood, seeds or hard fruit skins, applying a thick coating of lead on the container, then carving designs in the lead. They sometimes make them in the shapes of animals.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Kokna people celebrate Hindu festivals and their own rituals. They are Hindus who worship tribal
gods, goddesses and the tiger.


What Are Their Needs?

Kokna people need to be liberated from traditions of caste that hinder receiving the Savior who died in their place, and to receive new believers into their traditional community.


Audio, visual, and written Christian resources have been produced in Hindi; someone must earn the trust of Kokna people to introduce them to this help.
The Kokna people need hearts that are open to the gospel.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Kokna in India.

* Pray that Kokna people will be liberated by God's Holy Spirit from the many ties that bind them, and false deities that weigh them down, causing them to live in fear.
* Pray that as they celebrate many Hindu festivals, the Holy Spirit of the one true God will enable them to celebrate His reconciliation.
* Pray for a disciple-making movement to flow through Kokna families and villages.


References

www.indianetzone.com/9/kokna_tribe.htm


Profile Source:   Karen Hightower  

People Name General Kokna
People Name in Country Kokna
World Population 1,097,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 22
Alternate Names Kokki, Kokni, Kukna, Kukni, कोकना
People ID 17238
ROP3 Code 112606
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 7
Largest States
Maharashtra
697,000
Gujarat
367,000
Dadra and Nagar Have
28,000
Karnataka
3,900
Rajasthan
800
Delhi
100
Goa
30
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 7
  Maharashtra 697,000
  Gujarat 367,000
  Dadra and Nagar Have 28,000
  Karnataka 3,900
  Rajasthan 800
  Delhi 100
  Goa 30
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Kukna (724,000 speakers)
Language Code kex   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 31
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Marathi
198,000
Gujarati
57,000
Bhili
41,000
Konkani
25,000
Dhanki
22,000
Kannada
3,700
Khandesi
3,700
Ahirani
2,500
Hindi
1,000
Urdu
600
Marwari
300
Tulu
300
Konkani, Goan
100
Mewari
100
Telugu
70
Primary Language Kukna (724,000 speakers)
Language Code kex   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 31
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Marathi 198,000
  Gujarati 57,000
  Bhili 41,000
  Konkani 25,000
  Dhanki 22,000
  Kannada 3,700
  Khandesi 3,700
  Ahirani 2,500
  Hindi 1,000
  Urdu 600
  Marwari 300
  Tulu 300
  Konkani, Goan 100
  Mewari 100
  Telugu 70
People Groups Speaking Kukna

Primary Language:  Kukna

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1970-1997)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1977-2002)
Bible-Complete No
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)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kukna
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.04 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
98.30 %
Islam
0.49 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.02 %
Unknown
0.14 %
Photo Source Bethany World Prayer Center 
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.