Kurmi (Hindu traditions) in India


Population
19,614,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
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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 too.


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, royal priests and holy conquerors 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


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People Name General Kurmi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Kurmi (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 19,614,000
World Population 19,909,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached Yes
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Awadhia, Gangwar, Gowd, Kapu, Katiyar, Korma, Kunbi, Kurma, Mahto, Patanwar, Patchwar, Patel, Patidar, Sachan, कुर्मी (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17334
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 26
Largest States
(only 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (7,251,000) Bihar (4,345,000) Madhya Pradesh (2,133,000)
Jharkhand (2,025,000) West Bengal (1,340,000) Chhattisgarh (1,070,000)
Telangana (862,000) Assam (312,000) Karnataka (60,000)
Odisha (55,000) Tamil Nadu (52,000) Uttarakhand (49,000)
Maharashtra (34,000) Andaman and Nicobar (9,900) Gujarat (6,800)
Arunachal Pradesh (4,200) Delhi (2,000) Sikkim (1,200)
Dadra and Nagar Have (600) Haryana (400)
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 26  (only 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (7,251,000) Bihar (4,345,000)
Madhya Pradesh (2,133,000) Jharkhand (2,025,000)
West Bengal (1,340,000) Chhattisgarh (1,070,000)
Telangana (862,000) Assam (312,000)
Karnataka (60,000) Odisha (55,000)
Tamil Nadu (52,000) Uttarakhand (49,000)
Maharashtra (34,000) Andaman and Nicobar (9,900)
Gujarat (6,800) Arunachal Pradesh (4,200)
Delhi (2,000) Sikkim (1,200)
Dadra and Nagar Have (600) Haryana (400)
Primary Language: Hindi (10,799,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: hin   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 44
Secondary Languages:
(only 20 largest shown)
Bhojpuri (2,715,000) Bengali (1,184,000) Telugu (862,000)
Chhattisgarhi (713,000) Magahi (659,000) Awadhi (620,000)
Maithili (260,000) Assamese (245,000) Kanauji (223,000)
Bagheli (114,000) Bundeli (75,000) Odia (59,000)
Sadri (56,000) Angika (41,000) Malvi (38,000)
Nimadi (38,000) Santhali (27,000) Marathi (24,000)
Panchpargania (21,000) Kudmali (20,000)
Primary Language: Hindi (10,799,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 44
Secondary Languages: (only 20 largest shown)
Bhojpuri (2,715,000) Bengali (1,184,000)
Telugu (862,000) Chhattisgarhi (713,000)
Magahi (659,000) Awadhi (620,000)
Maithili (260,000) Assamese (245,000)
Kanauji (223,000) Bagheli (114,000)
Bundeli (75,000) Odia (59,000)
Sadri (56,000) Angika (41,000)
Malvi (38,000) Nimadi (38,000)
Santhali (27,000) Marathi (24,000)
Panchpargania (21,000) Kudmali (20,000)
Primary Language: Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Hindi Bible stories
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 Fathers 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 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)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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