Kudumi in India

The Kudumi 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.

Introduction / History

Traditionally the Kudubi people were hunters and fishermen. Most Kudubi people live in Karnataka and further south in Kerala. In Kerala, many of the Kudubi live in the Trichur District. Some are in Goa. They speak Konkani and Malayalam and read and write in Malayalam, the language of Kerala. They have many similarities with those living in Karnataka.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Kudubi work in farming, animal production, day laboring, and other work. They have a traditional wise man called a Budvantha to settle disputes and a community council to look after their interests. Boys are given some education, but girls are given very little. Commonly they marry their cousins. They allow for divorce and remarriage. On the death of the father, sons inherit the property with the oldest son taking charge of the family. The mother of the bride cannot go to the wedding of her daughter. They have a joint family system which means that often 10 people live in one household.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They are Hindus. They celebrate a harvest festival and folk dances are important to them. To praise certain gods they play songs, especially on drums.


What Are Their Needs?

The Kudubi people need to put all their trust in Jesus Christ, the One who is fully trustworthy.


Prayer Points

Pray that Indian believers will help lead the Kudubi to a community-wide movement to Christ. Pray that the councils will come to Jesus Christ and lead others to salvation. Pray for openness to faith in Christ alone, forsaking all others.


Scripture Prayers for the Kudumi in India.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Kudumi
People Name in Country Kudumi
Population this Country 334,000
Population all Countries 334,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 7
Alternate Names Kudubi; Kudumbi; Kudumi Chetti; Kudumikkar; कुडूमी
People ID 17311
ROP3 Code 112690
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 11
Largest States
Tamil Nadu
122,000
Kerala
115,000
Karnataka
51,000
Odisha
39,000
Andhra Pradesh
1,700
Puducherry
1,200
Maharashtra
900
Delhi
300
Telangana
300
Gujarat
50
Andaman and Nicobar
30
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
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 11
  Tamil Nadu 122,000
  Kerala 115,000
  Karnataka 51,000
  Odisha 39,000
  Andhra Pradesh 1,700
  Puducherry 1,200
  Maharashtra 900
  Delhi 300
  Telangana 300
  Gujarat 50
  Andaman and Nicobar 30
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Tamil (115,000 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
Malayalam
45,000
Konkani
34,000
Odia
32,000
Konkani, Goan
31,000
Marathi: Kudubi
23,000
Kannada
11,000
Telugu
1,400
Tulu
700
Kui
400
Kurux
90
Kui, Dawik
70
Primary Language Tamil (115,000 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
  Malayalam 45,000
  Konkani 34,000
  Odia 32,000
  Konkani, Goan 31,000
  Marathi: Kudubi 23,000
  Kannada 11,000
  Telugu 1,400
  Tulu 700
  Kui 400
  Kurux 90
  Kui, Dawik 70
People Groups Speaking Tamil

Primary Language:  Tamil

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1714-1956)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1715-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1727-2021)
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 Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources General / Other
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Recorded oral Bible Oral Bibles
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Finding Peace Create International
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tamil Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more