Kuruba in India

The Kuruba have only been reported in India
Population
4,195,000
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 4,195,000
World Population 4,195,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 83
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
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Kannada
People Group Kuruba
Ethnic Code CNN23a
Total Subgroups on file 20
Largest Subgroups
(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
Hatti Kankan
26,000
Jande
26,000
Varsaliyava
26,000
Mullu
2,300
Patti Kankan
2,200
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Kannada
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
  Hatti Kankan 26,000
  Jande 26,000
  Varsaliyava 26,000
  Mullu 2,300
  Patti Kankan 2,200
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 13
Largest States
Karnataka
3,378,000
Tamil Nadu
748,000
Maharashtra
32,000
Andhra Pradesh
22,000
Chhattisgarh
4,600
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 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 13
  Karnataka 3,378,000
  Tamil Nadu 748,000
  Maharashtra 32,000
  Andhra Pradesh 22,000
  Chhattisgarh 4,600
  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 16
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
Other People Groups Speaking Kannada
Primary Language Kannada (3,244,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 16
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
Bible-NT Text 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 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)
1.03 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
98.77 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.03 %
Unknown
0.17 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2018  Philipose Vaidyar  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
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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