Kuruba in India

The Kuruba have only been reported in India
Population
4,200,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Kuruba of India are one of the oldest people groups in the country. They live in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Karnataka. The word Kuruba means warrior. They are farmers and shepherds by tradition as well as in the present day. The Kuruba speak Kannada, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Kuruba live in all regions of Karnataka. They read and write Kannada. The Kuruba are not vegetarians and they eat cereals such as rice and wheat. They are a people average in size. Marriage is allowed amongst cousins. Divorcees and the bereaved can marry again. Property goes to the sons when the father dies. There is a birth pollution that is regarded for nine days and the ceremony of naming the baby takes place on the tenth day. The couple is married at the home of the bridegroom. Their dead are buried and there is a ten day death pollution period. They use modern medicine and do family planning. In addition to farming, they weave rough blankets made of wool.

In Tamil Nadu, the Kuruba speak Kannada with members of their family but can speak Tamil and they read and write Tamil. The oldest son becomes in charge of the family when the father dies while the property is given equally to all the sons. They bury their dead. Besides shepherding, the Kuruba are in several other types of work.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They are Hindus and worship the god Shiva and celebrate traditional festivals such as Mailara Jaatre.


Prayer Points

Hinduism, especially when devoutly followed, is an obstacle to the gospel but many are coming to Jesus Christ in India when they see the reality of Christianity. More prayer is needed here.


References

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/kuruba
Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-09-12
People Name General Kuruba
People Name in Country Kuruba
Population in India 4,200,000
World Population 4,200,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 84
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
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
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 13
Largest States
Karnataka
(3,382,000)
Tamil Nadu
(749,000)
Maharashtra
(32,000)
Andhra Pradesh
(22,000)
Chhattisgarh
(4,700)
Telangana
(3,600)
Kerala
(2,700)
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 South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 13
  Karnataka (3,382,000)
  Tamil Nadu (749,000)
  Maharashtra (32,000)
  Andhra Pradesh (22,000)
  Chhattisgarh (4,700)
  Telangana (3,600)
  Kerala (2,700)
  Puducherry (1,800)
  Goa (1,400)
  Delhi (500)
  Andaman and Nicobar (400)
  Madhya Pradesh (200)
  Odisha (100)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Kannada (3,244,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 17
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Tamil
(371,000)
Telugu
(284,000)
Kurumba, Kannada
(273,000)
Konkani
(7,600)
Tulu
(5,700)
Kurumba, Jennu
(3,300)
Kurumba, Alu
(2,800)
Konkani, Goan
(1,800)
Malayalam
(1,800)
Bellari
(1,500)
Marathi
(1,100)
Hindi
(400)
Chhattisgarhi
(300)
English
(40)
Kodava
(40)
People Groups Speaking Kannada
Primary Language Kannada (3,244,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 17
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Tamil (371,000)
  Telugu (284,000)
  Kurumba, Kannada (273,000)
  Konkani (7,600)
  Tulu (5,700)
  Kurumba, Jennu (3,300)
  Kurumba, Alu (2,800)
  Konkani, Goan (1,800)
  Malayalam (1,800)
  Bellari (1,500)
  Marathi (1,100)
  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
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings Kannada Bible stories
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 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)
1.03 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
98.77 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.03 %
Unknown
0.17 %
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Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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