Kunchatiga in India

The Kunchatiga 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

The Vokkaliga or Vakkaliga are a large group of Hindu people who live in the south Indian state of Karnataka. Smaller groups live in other south Indian states. Their traditional occupations have been agriculture and animal husbandry. Many own the land they that farm while others work on land owned by others. The main language of the Vakkaliga is Kannada. Many resources exist in this south Indian language including a whole Bible and the JESUS Film. A tiny fraction claim to be followers of Jesus Christ.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Some of the educated Vakkaliga have left their villages and become involved in trade and business. Some have taken jobs in government and as teachers. Most Vakkaliga still work on farms growing wet rice, vegetables, fruit and palm and coconut trees. They supplement their income by raising cows for milk and goats, sheep and chicken for meat and sale. Families arrange the marriages of young people. Marriage to one spouse is the norm. Sons inherit property upon the death of their father. The Vakkaliga hire Brahman priests to officiate at their important families ceremonies such as births, weddings and funerals. A caste council settles legal disputes and promote their interests with outsiders. As Hindus the Vakkaliga do not eat beef.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Vakkaliga practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. 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 Vakkaliga visit Hindu temples 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 Vokkaliga 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 Vakkaliga fall within the Shudra or working caste.


What Are Their Needs?

The Vokkaliga need to experience the abundant life that only Jesus Christ can offer. He alone can forgive their sins and grant them eternal life. The Vokkaliga need to learn new job skills so they can raise their standard of living and provide for their families.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Kunchatiga in India.

Pray that the Vakkaliga community will be able to support their families adequately and have access to good health care. Pray they will desire to worship the Creator, who loves them intensely and wants them to thrive in every way. Pray for a disciple making movement among them in this decade. Pray for Indian believers to go to the Vakkaliga and tell them about Jesus. Pray that gospel materials and the internet will lead them to start their own Discovery Bible Studies.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Kunchatiga
People Name in Country Kunchatiga
Population this Country 380,000
Population all Countries 380,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 8
Alternate Names कुँचतिगा
People ID 17326
ROP3 Code 112708
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 9
Largest States
Karnataka
336,000
Tamil Nadu
33,000
Maharashtra
4,400
Andhra Pradesh
3,300
Telangana
1,500
Kerala
700
Goa
300
Delhi
200
Gujarat
60
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 9
  Karnataka 336,000
  Tamil Nadu 33,000
  Maharashtra 4,400
  Andhra Pradesh 3,300
  Telangana 1,500
  Kerala 700
  Goa 300
  Delhi 200
  Gujarat 60
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Kannada (356,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Telugu
19,000
Tamil
1,500
Konkani, Goan
700
Tulu
500
Konkani
20
Primary Language Kannada (356,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Telugu 19,000
  Tamil 1,500
  Konkani, Goan 700
  Tulu 500
  Konkani 20
People Groups Speaking Kannada

Primary Language:  Kannada

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1812-1988)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1823-1995)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1827-2016)
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 Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Kannada
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Audio Recordings StoryRunners Oral Bible Stories
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kannada
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
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 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: ಕನ್ನಡ - Kannada
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.98 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.02 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
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


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