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.
What Are Their Beliefs?
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.
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).