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

* 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
Population in India 1,071,000
World Population 1,071,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 21
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
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 6
Largest States
Maharashtra
702,000
Gujarat
364,000
Karnataka
4,000
Rajasthan
800
Delhi
100
Goa
30
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 6
  Maharashtra 702,000
  Gujarat 364,000
  Karnataka 4,000
  Rajasthan 800
  Delhi 100
  Goa 30
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Kukna (727,000 speakers)
Language Code kex   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 22
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Marathi
198,000
Gujarati
57,000
Bhili
36,000
Dhanki
32,000
Konkani
24,000
Sindhi Bhil
4,500
Kannada
3,800
Khandesi
3,700
Ahirani
2,500
Hindi
1,000
Urdu
600
Marwari
300
Tulu
300
Korwa
100
Mewari
100
Other People Groups Speaking Kukna
Primary Language Kukna (727,000 speakers)
Language Code kex   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 22
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Marathi 198,000
  Gujarati 57,000
  Bhili 36,000
  Dhanki 32,000
  Konkani 24,000
  Sindhi Bhil 4,500
  Kannada 3,800
  Khandesi 3,700
  Ahirani 2,500
  Hindi 1,000
  Urdu 600
  Marwari 300
  Tulu 300
  Korwa 100
  Mewari 100
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 National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go 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
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.02 %
Unknown
0.31 %
Photo Source Bethany World Prayer Center 
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
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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