Kunbi (Hindu traditions) in India


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Introduction / History

The Kunbi (alternate names of Reddi and Desai) are a prominent community of Gujarat. Traditionally the Reddy belong to the fourth of the Hindu Varnas, Sudra. One section of the Reddy is called Kapu which means guardian.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The traditional occupation of most of the Reddy groups is settled farming, followed by animal husbandry and paid labor. The majority of the Kunbi communities are non-vegetarian, and all the communities take rice as their staple cereal. Jowar, wheat, bajra and ragi are the other cereals they eat.
The Kunbi community have social divisions such as clans, lineage, subcastes and sects. These social divisions regulate marital alliances. They speak the Kannada and Telugu languages.
Among the Kunbi people, cross-cousin marriages are allowed. Widow remarriage is not permitted. Being a dominant community, the Reddy have been primarily landlords and landholders. Social control is regulated through traditional caste and village councils.
The Kunbi fear Christianity as an invading religious system to their families and communities.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They are Hindu by faith and worship many deities. Their main festivals are Ugadi, Akshade and Dussehra. They play bhajans and kirtans.


What Are Their Needs?

Both men and women smoke a homemade cheroot (chutta) which results in a high incidence of mouth and throat cancer.


Prayer Points

For that God will send several Christian workers to work among them to meet their spiritual and physical needs.
Pray for the Kunbi Christians to reach out to their own people.
Pray that their men and women will give up smoking.


Scripture Prayers for the Kunbi (Hindu traditions) in India.


References

India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar, Copyrighted © Used with permission


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People Name General Kunbi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Kunbi (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation koon-BEE
Alternate Names Amin; Atte Kunbi; Desai; Kakna; Kambatti; Kamma Reddiyar; Kulwadi; Kunabi; Kurmar; Kutumbika; Manuru; Nagale; Nagiga; Patidar; Reddi; Reddy; कुंबी (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
Population this Country 15,602,000
Population all Countries 16,003,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 312
People ID 17325
ROP3 Code 112706
ROP25 Code 304381
ROP25 Name Kunbi
Country India
Region Asia, South
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 30
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Gujarat
8,137,000
Maharashtra
7,880,000
Madhya Pradesh
878,000
Rajasthan
484,000
Karnataka
210,000
Telangana
202,000
Goa
157,000
Odisha
134,000
Andhra Pradesh
68,000
Daman and Diu
64,000
Tamil Nadu
48,000
Dadra and Nagar Have
44,000
Chhattisgarh
23,000
West Bengal
10,000
Delhi
5,800
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Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 30  (only 20 largest shown)
  Gujarat 8,137,000
  Maharashtra 7,880,000
  Madhya Pradesh 878,000
  Rajasthan 484,000
  Karnataka 210,000
  Telangana 202,000
  Goa 157,000
  Odisha 134,000
  Andhra Pradesh 68,000
  Daman and Diu 64,000
  Tamil Nadu 48,000
  Dadra and Nagar Have 44,000
  Chhattisgarh 23,000
  West Bengal 10,000
  Delhi 5,800
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.43 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.05 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.38 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.14 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Gujarati (7,414,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 44
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Marathi
7,190,000
Hindi
1,610,000
Konkani
577,000
Kacchi
300,000
Konkani, Goan
246,000
Khandesi
135,000
Marwari (India)
123,000
Kannada
119,000
Nimadi
116,000
Odia
111,000
Ahirani
104,000
Koli, Wadiyari
52,000
Malvi
51,000
Telugu
47,000
Dangi
47,000
Primary Language Gujarati (7,414,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 44
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Marathi 7,190,000
  Hindi 1,610,000
  Konkani 577,000
  Kacchi 300,000
  Konkani, Goan 246,000
  Khandesi 135,000
  Marwari (India) 123,000
  Kannada 119,000
  Nimadi 116,000
  Odia 111,000
  Ahirani 104,000
  Koli, Wadiyari 52,000
  Malvi 51,000
  Telugu 47,000
  Dangi 47,000
People Groups Speaking Gujarati

Primary Language:  Gujarati

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Bible-Complete Yes  (1823-2021)
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