Kathodi in India

The Kathodi have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Subgroups: 8

Subgroup Name Population
Son Kathodi 23,000
Dhor Kathodi 11,000
Dhor Katkari 200
Katkari Unknown
Son Katkari Unknown
Athavar Unknown
Sidhi Unknown
Varap Unknown

Introduction / History

The Katkari are an indigenous people who live in west India, mostly the Indian state of Maharashtra. The name Katkari relates to the juice of the acacia catechu tree. During colonial days, the British rulers considered them to be an undesirable class of criminals. At that time the Katkari lived in the forests and moved about in the pattern of nomads, fishing and hunting for their food. Today most Katkari reside on in rural villages and work in agriculture. The Katkari are a Scheduled Tribe which means they are eligible for public jobs and spots in Indian universities. Their primary language is Marathi. Illiteracy is a major issue for the Katkari. The gospel will need to be given to them in oral and visual forms. A small fraction of the Katkari claim to be believers in Jesus Christ.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Some Katkari live near the forests and hills where they hunt wildlife and gather products of the that they can sell such as honey, firewood and charcoal. Others work are farm laborers on land owned by others. They are often poor, bonded laborers in Greater Mumbai area on tea, coffee, palm, banana and coconut plantations. Some Katkari have moved to cities hoping for a better life. With few resources and job skills, they live in urban slums. The Katkari are not vegetarians, but eat mostly plants due to the cost of meat. As Hindus they will not eat beef. They are noted for eating rodents which almost all Indians find abhorrent. They have monogamous marriages, meaning marriage is between one man and one woman. They have community councils to settle disputes and promote their interests.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Katkari practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Their brand of Hinduism is strongly influenced by folk religion. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Katkari visit Hindu shrines and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods as Christians do. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. The main yearly holidays of the Katkari people are Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the celebration of autumn and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday. The caste system divides Hindus into four main categories - Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and the Shudras. Dalits and tribal peoples are outside of the caste system. The Dalit Katkari face discrimination in many forms. Some believe that the Katkari people are involved with sorcery and black magic.


What Are Their Needs?

The Katkari people need to find ways to earn a decent living. They need political power to protect themselves. They need to learn new job skills and a basic level of literacy. Most of all the Katkari must hear and understand the good news about Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and give them a sure hope for the future.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Kathodi in India.

* Pray that the community council and village leaders will come to Jesus Christ and lead others into a disciple making movement. * Pray that gospel recordings will bring them to salvation. * Pray for spiritual openness to the things of Christ and a hunger for the truth of the Word of God* Pray the Lord sends Indian workers to help meet the spiritual and physical needs of the Katkari.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Kathodi
People Name in Country Kathodi
Population this Country 312,000
Population all Countries 312,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 6
Alternate Names Kaikari; Kalhodia; Katakari; Kathkori; Kathodia; Kathor; Katkari; Katvadi; कत्ड़ी
People ID 17300
ROP3 Code 112678
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster South Asia Tribal - other
People Group Kathodi
Ethnic Code CNN25
Total Subgroups 8
  Son Kathodi 23,000
  Dhor Kathodi 11,000
  Dhor Katkari 200
  Katkari 100
  Son Katkari 100
  Athavar 80
  Sidhi 70
  Varap 60
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 10
Largest States
Maharashtra
284,000
Gujarat
14,000
Goa
6,700
Rajasthan
4,900
Madhya Pradesh
1,400
Karnataka
400
Chhattisgarh
200
Dadra and Nagar Have
100
Daman and Diu
100
Delhi
50
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 10
  Maharashtra 284,000
  Gujarat 14,000
  Goa 6,700
  Rajasthan 4,900
  Madhya Pradesh 1,400
  Karnataka 400
  Chhattisgarh 200
  Dadra and Nagar Have 100
  Daman and Diu 100
  Delhi 50
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Marathi (222,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 29
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Konkani
50,000
Katkari
13,000
Gujarati
11,000
Konkani, Goan
6,200
Hindi
2,700
Kannada
1,800
Bhili
1,800
Mewari
1,200
Dangi
1,000
Telugu
700
Marwari
200
Tamil
100
Urdu
70
Haroti: Harauti
50
Odia
50
Primary Language Marathi (222,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 29
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Konkani 50,000
  Katkari 13,000
  Gujarati 11,000
  Konkani, Goan 6,200
  Hindi 2,700
  Kannada 1,800
  Bhili 1,800
  Mewari 1,200
  Dangi 1,000
  Telugu 700
  Marwari 200
  Tamil 100
  Urdu 70
  Haroti: Harauti 50
  Odia 50
People Groups Speaking Marathi

Primary Language:  Marathi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1807-1957)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1982)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1821-2015)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Marathi
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Marathi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Audio Bible app as APK File from FCBH
Mobile App Download Audio Bible app from Google Play Store
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: मराठी - Marathi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.09 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.31 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.04 %
Islam
0.21 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.02 %
Unknown
0.33 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Bethany World Prayer Center 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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