Kuravan (Hindu traditions) in India


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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Evangelical
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

Kuravan means palmistry. In Tamil Nadu, Kuravan means hill man. They are a scheduled caste. They live scattered throughout the southern half of India, though some live further north in Odisha and Madhya Pradesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Except for the ones in Kerala, the literacy level is low. They have cousin marriages. The Kuravan work as farmers or day laborers. Some of their men make baskets. Others tell fortunes for a fee. Some do tattoos or paint for a living.

They use modern medicines. Boys are more likely to get an education than girls.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kuravan people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.

Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama’s birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

The Kuravan people need to put their hope in the King of kings, realizing that he is the one who gives them worth and dignity.


Prayer Points

Pray that God will give the Kuravan dreams and visions leading them to Jesus Christ.

Pray that gospel recordings will lead them to salvation.

Pray for the Lord to thrust out loving workers.


Scripture Prayers for the Kuravan (Hindu traditions) in India.


References

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


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Kuravan (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Kuravan (Hindu traditions)
Population this Country 493,000
Population all Countries 497,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 10
Alternate Names Adekar Kala Koran; Kulavan; Kuruva; Kuruvan; Malai Kuravan; Manga Nadisuvavaru; Sidhanar; Sidhnar; Vedar; Veduvar; कुरवाँ
People ID 17341
ROP3 Code 112724
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 14
Largest States
Kerala
327,000
Tamil Nadu
155,000
Andhra Pradesh
2,700
Maharashtra
2,600
Delhi
800
Karnataka
700
Puducherry
600
Telangana
300
Madhya Pradesh
80
Chandigarh
80
Odisha
50
Goa
40
Andaman and Nicobar
30
Chhattisgarh
20
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
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 14
  Kerala 327,000
  Tamil Nadu 155,000
  Andhra Pradesh 2,700
  Maharashtra 2,600
  Delhi 800
  Karnataka 700
  Puducherry 600
  Telangana 300
  Madhya Pradesh 80
  Chandigarh 80
  Odisha 50
  Goa 40
  Andaman and Nicobar 30
  Chhattisgarh 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Malayalam (276,000 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Tamil
149,000
Konkani
400
Kannada
200
Konkani, Goan
30
Tulu
20
Primary Language Malayalam (276,000 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Tamil 149,000
  Konkani 400
  Kannada 200
  Konkani, Goan 30
  Tulu 20
People Groups Speaking Malayalam

Primary Language:  Malayalam

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1811-1968)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1829-1995)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1841-2022)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Malayalam Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Four Spiritual Laws Campus Crusade for Christ
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.05 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.02 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.93 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more