Kuruba in India

The Kuruba have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
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Subgroups: 20 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
Vasa 32,000
Uni Kankan 28,000
Aditya Varanda 27,000
Ande 27,000
Attikankana 27,000
Gorava 27,000
Halu 27,000
Kambalik 27,000
Kottha 27,000
Thikka 27,000

Introduction / History

The word Kuruba means "warrior." The Kuruba people of India are one of the oldest people groups in that ancient country.


Where Are they Located?

They live in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, and Karnataka.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Kuruba people read and write Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, and Telugu.

Traditionally they have been farmers and shepherds. In addition to farming, they weave rough blankets made of wool. They are not vegetarians, and they eat grains such as rice and wheat.

The Kuruba people allow marriage between cousins. The couple is married at the home of the bridegroom. Divorcees and the bereaved may marry again. Property goes to the sons when the father dies, and the oldest son becomes the head of the family. There is a birth pollution that is observed for nine days and the ceremony of naming the baby takes place on the tenth day. Their dead are buried and there is a ten-day death pollution period.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The most important need of Kuruba people is to understand that their good works and worship of Hindu gods will never pay the penalty for their sins, and that the Almighty Creator God has made the provision for them to be forgiven.


What Are Their Needs?

Adequate visual, audio, and video Christian resources are available in the languages which Kuruba people speak, but they are still an unreached people group.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Kuruba in India.

* Pray that intercessors worldwide will pray for salvation and spiritual transformation of the Kuruba people.
* Pray for workers to disciple them.
* Ask Almighty God to raise up entire Kuruba families and communities until their culture is transformed to glorify God and represent His Kingdom here on earth.


References

Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999


Profile Source:   Karen Hightower  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-09-12
People Name General Kuruba
People Name in Country Kuruba
World Population 4,202,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 84
Alternate Names Dhangar; Gorava; Guravayyallu; Indra; Kanakajatiyavaru; Kathikkaran; Kathilkar; Kuramvar; Kuremban; Kuruban; Kuruma; Kurumba; Kurumban; Kurumbar; Kurumvari; Kuruva; Kuruvillu; Kurva; Malle Guravayyallu; Mallesu; Prathama Sudhra; Sudan; कुरुबा
People ID 17336
ROP3 Code 112719
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster South Asia Tribal - Other
People Group Kuruba
Ethnic Code CNN23a
Total Subgroups 20 (only 15 largest shown)
  Vasa 32,000
  Uni Kankan 28,000
  Aditya Varanda 27,000
  Ande 27,000
  Attikankana 27,000
  Gorava 27,000
  Halu 27,000
  Kambalik 27,000
  Kottha 27,000
  Thikka 27,000
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 13
Largest States
Karnataka
3,368,000
Tamil Nadu
761,000
Maharashtra
35,000
Andhra Pradesh
23,000
Chhattisgarh
4,700
Telangana
3,800
Kerala
2,600
Puducherry
1,800
Goa
1,400
Delhi
500
Andaman and Nicobar
400
Madhya Pradesh
200
Odisha
100
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 13
  Karnataka 3,368,000
  Tamil Nadu 761,000
  Maharashtra 35,000
  Andhra Pradesh 23,000
  Chhattisgarh 4,700
  Telangana 3,800
  Kerala 2,600
  Puducherry 1,800
  Goa 1,400
  Delhi 500
  Andaman and Nicobar 400
  Madhya Pradesh 200
  Odisha 100
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Kannada (3,188,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 17
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Tamil
371,000
Telugu
282,000
Kurumba, Kannada
277,000
Konkani
7,800
Tulu
5,700
Kurumba, Jennu
3,400
Kurumba, Alu
3,000
Malayalam
1,900
Konkani, Goan
1,800
Bellari
1,500
Marathi
1,200
Hindi
400
Chhattisgarhi
300
English
40
Kodava
40
Primary Language Kannada (3,188,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 17
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Tamil 371,000
  Telugu 282,000
  Kurumba, Kannada 277,000
  Konkani 7,800
  Tulu 5,700
  Kurumba, Jennu 3,400
  Kurumba, Alu 3,000
  Malayalam 1,900
  Konkani, Goan 1,800
  Bellari 1,500
  Marathi 1,200
  Hindi 400
  Chhattisgarhi 300
  English 40
  Kodava 40
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  (1831-2000)
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 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)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kannada
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 Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ಕನ್ನಡ - Kannada
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter International Bible Society
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
1.04 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
98.79 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.17 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2019  Philipose Vaidyar  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source Karen Hightower  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.