Kurmi (Hindu traditions) in India


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Subgroups: 28 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
Jaiswar 300,000
Baiswar 193,000
Sachin 193,000
Saiswar 193,000
Sanadhya 193,000
Gangwar 189,000
Awadhia 107,000
Chandel 107,000
Ghamalia 107,000
Kochesia 107,000

Introduction / History

Kurmi is the name given to a Hindu caste in India. The caste system in India is a pattern of social stratification associated with Hinduism. The word "kurmi" literally means the "I cans" or the "I am ables". The Kurmi are also known as Kunbi. The Kurmi are believed to be descendants of some of the earliest Aryan immigrants to India and come from the Kshatriyas (warrior caste) who became farmers. Kurmi are known in India as the chief agricultural caste.

The word "kurmi" is related to the word karmi derived from the word "karma" (action or merit). Defining caste by karma instead by lineage and birth was a major change of defining caste instead of that based on birth lineage and ancestry linked to the Vedas (ancient Hindu scriptures) and espoused by Brahmins (priestly caste).

Historical writers say that the relationship between the Kshatriyas (warrior caste) and the Brahmins became strained. Consequently Brahmins started keeping the Vedas a secret from the Kshatriyas. A Vedic Kshatriya was a defender of the faith and righteous order. However, some Kshatriyas, influenced by Buddha and Mahavira, decided they did not need Vedic scriptures for supreme spiritual self mastery or to define their lineage or caste. Kshatriyas in India's northern Empires adopted Buddhism and Jainism.


Where Are they Located?

The Kurmis are found throughout India, from Punjab to Bengal in the east as well as southern India. The Barwar community of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are descendents of the Kurmi.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Modern Kurmi are relatively prosperous and educated. Their lifestyle is associated with farming and trading. Due to their agricultural link, the Kurmi are viewed as one of the 'backward' or lower castes. Some Kurmi have formed a national movement in the northern and eastern Indian regions for advocacy purposes.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Kurmis are Hindus. Buddhists and Jains can be found amongst them, as well.


What Are Their Needs?

The Kurmi need the salvation offered by God. They need Jesus Christ. A key issue for the Kurmi is their desire to be recognised by other castes as belonging to the warrior caste of Kshatriya.


Prayer Points

* Pray that the Kurmi may realize that Jesus is their only hope for salvation and any lasting status.
* The Lion of Judah is offering the Kurmi the right to be a special people and royal priests of the Almighty.
* Pray that the Kurmi as a whole heed this call and give their hearts in a positive response.


References

1. http://www.indianetzone.com/35/kurmis_indian_caste.htm
2. http://goo.gl/HeEb4
3. http://www.experiencefestival.com/upanayanam
4. http://www.worldlingo.com/ma/enwiki/en/Kurmi
5. http://goo.gl/plxT7


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

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Global Prayer Digest: 2009-08-13
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-09-23
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-08-25
People Name General Kurmi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Kurmi (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 18,825,000
World Population 19,121,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 376
Alternate Names Awadhia, Gangwar, Gowd, Kapu, Katiyar, Korma, Kunbi, Kurma, Mahto, Patanwar, Patchwar, Patel, Patidar, Sachan, कुर्मी (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17334
ROP3 Code 112717
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Group Kurmi (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25r
Total Subgroups 28 (only 15 largest shown)
  Jaiswar 300,000
  Baiswar 193,000
  Sachin 193,000
  Saiswar 193,000
  Sanadhya 193,000
  Gangwar 189,000
  Awadhia 107,000
  Chandel 107,000
  Ghamalia 107,000
  Kochesia 107,000
Country India
Region South Asia
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 28
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
6,985,000
Bihar
4,161,000
Madhya Pradesh
2,059,000
Jharkhand
1,879,000
West Bengal
1,280,000
Chhattisgarh
1,033,000
Telangana
852,000
Assam
306,000
Karnataka
59,000
Odisha
56,000
Tamil Nadu
50,000
Uttarakhand
46,000
Maharashtra
33,000
Andaman and Nicobar
9,400
Gujarat
6,700
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 28  (only 20 largest shown)
  Uttar Pradesh 6,985,000
  Bihar 4,161,000
  Madhya Pradesh 2,059,000
  Jharkhand 1,879,000
  West Bengal 1,280,000
  Chhattisgarh 1,033,000
  Telangana 852,000
  Assam 306,000
  Karnataka 59,000
  Odisha 56,000
  Tamil Nadu 50,000
  Uttarakhand 46,000
  Maharashtra 33,000
  Andaman and Nicobar 9,400
  Gujarat 6,700
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (10,805,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 46
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bhojpuri
2,705,000
Bengali
1,127,000
Telugu
957,000
Chhattisgarhi
714,000
Magahi
629,000
Awadhi
612,000
Maithili
266,000
Assamese
244,000
Kanauji
223,000
Bagheli
122,000
Bundeli
79,000
Odia
59,000
Sadri
59,000
Malvi
50,000
Angika
45,000
Primary Language Hindi (10,805,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 46
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bhojpuri 2,705,000
  Bengali 1,127,000
  Telugu 957,000
  Chhattisgarhi 714,000
  Magahi 629,000
  Awadhi 612,000
  Maithili 266,000
  Assamese 244,000
  Kanauji 223,000
  Bagheli 122,000
  Bundeli 79,000
  Odia 59,000
  Sadri 59,000
  Malvi 50,000
  Angika 45,000
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1818-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video A Pilgrimage (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Aasha - Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Coconuts (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Haqeeqat Episode 6 (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Ten Virgins (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Final Prodigal (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.01 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.99 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Rakeshkurmi85  Creative Commons  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


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