Kokna in India

Joshua Project has identified the Kokna only in India
Population
1,226,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Kokna of India are found in the state of Gujarat. There are many of them living there. They are also called Kokni, Kukna or Kukni. They are a scheduled tribe. They make art objects usually by carving wood.

The name Kokna comes from Konkan which is in the west coast of the state of Maharashtra. As well as Gujarat, the Kokna live in and near to Dhulia, Nasik and Thane of Maharashtra. In Gujarat they are in the Valsad and Dang regions. Their language comes from Indo-Arayan. They also speak in Marathi and read and write in Devanagari.

The 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.

The main food of the Kokna is rice, naglin, jawar and vari. They eat wheat also. They like vegetables and fruit and they grow some vegetables in their fields. They are not vegetarian but they cannot eat buffalo meat and beef. They do eat pork and goat meat.

The Kokna drink alcohol. They are endogamous, marrying within their group. They work in agriculture and as laborers. Some work for the government. The Panchayat rules the Kokna community.

The Kokna are known for being artistic, especially with wood carvings. They make masks from wood that is soft. They also make tobacco containers from wood or from seeds or from fruits whose skin is hard. They put a thick coating of lead on the container and carve designs on it. They sometimes make them in the shape of animals.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kokna celebrate all the main Indian festivals and add their own rituals. They worship the goddess Kali and before harvest they worship Gram Devi. They are Hindus and worship tribal and gods and goddesses. They are very religious and worship animals such as the tiger. (Maybe with them being very religious they could be receptive to the gospel message and discover that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life).


References

www.indianetzone.com/9/kokna_tribe.htm


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Kokna
People Name in Country Kokna
Population in India 1,226,000
World Population 1,226,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 25 to 29
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Kokki, Kokni, Kukna, Kukni, कोकना
People ID 17238
ROP3 Code 112606
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 7
Largest States
Maharashtra
(754,000)
Gujarat
(438,000)
Dadra and Nagar Have
(29,000)
Karnataka
(4,200)
Rajasthan
(1,200)
Delhi
(100)
Goa
(30)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 7
  Maharashtra (754,000)
  Gujarat (438,000)
  Dadra and Nagar Have (29,000)
  Karnataka (4,200)
  Rajasthan (1,200)
  Delhi (100)
  Goa (30)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Kukna (763,000 speakers)
Language Code kex   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 31
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Marathi
(201,000)
Gujarati
(70,000)
Bhili
(44,000)
Dhanki
(41,000)
Konkani
(25,000)
Khandesi
(4,200)
Kannada
(3,800)
Ahirani
(2,700)
Hindi
(1,400)
Urdu
(600)
Tulu
(300)
Marwari
(200)
Korwa
(100)
Mewari
(100)
Konkani, Goan
(90)
People Groups Speaking Kukna
Primary Language Kukna (763,000 speakers)
Language Code kex   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 31
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Marathi (201,000)
  Gujarati (70,000)
  Bhili (44,000)
  Dhanki (41,000)
  Konkani (25,000)
  Khandesi (4,200)
  Kannada (3,800)
  Ahirani (2,700)
  Hindi (1,400)
  Urdu (600)
  Tulu (300)
  Marwari (200)
  Korwa (100)
  Mewari (100)
  Konkani, Goan (90)
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 of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
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
0.05 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
1.51 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
97.73 %
Islam
0.38 %
Non-Religious
Unknown
Other / Small
0.02 %
Unknown
0.31 %
Photo Source Bethany World Prayer Center 
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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