Mahratta Kunbi in India


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Introduction / History

The Mahratta Kunbi people group was originally a Marathi speaking people, but now Gujarati is also a prominent language. The word "kunbi" is a derivation from the Sanskrit word "Kutumbin" or "householder". There is often confusion about the distinction between the Mahratta people group and the Mahratta Kunbi people group. The primary distinction is in wealth and a common origin is assumed between the two groups. The Mahratta people group tends to have come from chieftain and warrior heritage, while the Kunbi people group is primarily farmers. Both people groups are the dominant caste in the Maharashtra state and make up about half of the population. The fact that the Mahratta and Mahratta Kunbi people groups often intermarry is further evidence for their common origins and an argument for them being one people group.


Where Are they Located?

The Mahratta Kunbi people group is primarily located within the Maharashtra and Gojarat states. Smaller populations can be found throughout India and also in Pakistan by the India-Pakistan border. Since the state of Maharastra is one of the more urban regions in India, many Mahratta Kunbis have migrated towards urban communities, but the majority still live in rural villages.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Mahratta Kunbis primarily live as farmers in villages. They often own small houses and work animals to assist in cultivating their farms. Many Kunbis are also traders, soldiers, or work in the government service. The Mahratta Kunbi people group practices arranged marriages often at an early age. A dowry is also common amongst the arrangements. Coming from a higher social class, the Mahratta Kunbis do not face discrimination, but have opportunities for social advancement though they are still primarily a part of the lower-income groups in India.

Due to their heavy dependence on farming, agricultural festivals are an important part of life as a Mahratta Kunbi. The cattle owned by families are often the centerpieces of these festivals and families take great pride in their ownership.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Mahratta Kunbis are a vastly Hindu people group with little or no other religious affiliations. They worship the god Shiva and other gods and their various incarnations, such as Vishnu and Devi. A temple is commonplace amongst villages and central to the many life cycle celebrations that are associated with Hinduism, such as at birth, marriage, and death. The temple priest is often from the Brahmin class.


What Are Their Needs?

As they still tend to be poor, the Mahratta Kunbis need economic justice. Specifically as farmers, the Mahratta Kunbi could use more efficient farming techniques, better seeds, and advanced farming technology. There are also many health problems associated with poverty and healthcare is necessary throughout most of the state of India.

Access to financial and other economic services is also limited in many of the regions that the Mahratta Kunbi live in. Women also live restricted lives and social justice is an important issue throughout India.


Prayer Points

* God would raise missionaries with a heart to serve the Mahratta Kunbi people group.
* God would create the seeds of social change for women and economic development for all Mahratta Kunbis.
* God would move in the hearts of the Mahratta Kunbi people and that they would respond positively to the Gospel.


Profile Source:   Levi Boxell  

People Name General Mahratta Kunbi
People Name in Country Mahratta Kunbi
Population in India 7,879,000
World Population 7,896,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 157
Alternate Names महरातटा कुंबी
People ID 17599
ROP3 Code 113030
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 27
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Gujarat
4,625,000
Maharashtra
3,038,000
Karnataka
92,000
Madhya Pradesh
46,000
Telangana
20,000
Goa
10,000
Daman and Diu
8,700
Tamil Nadu
8,400
Rajasthan
7,000
West Bengal
4,100
Delhi
3,800
Andhra Pradesh
3,200
Chhattisgarh
2,700
Uttar Pradesh
2,000
Dadra and Nagar Have
1,800
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 27  (only 20 largest shown)
  Gujarat 4,625,000
  Maharashtra 3,038,000
  Karnataka 92,000
  Madhya Pradesh 46,000
  Telangana 20,000
  Goa 10,000
  Daman and Diu 8,700
  Tamil Nadu 8,400
  Rajasthan 7,000
  West Bengal 4,100
  Delhi 3,800
  Andhra Pradesh 3,200
  Chhattisgarh 2,700
  Uttar Pradesh 2,000
  Dadra and Nagar Have 1,800
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Gujarati (4,351,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 19
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Marathi
2,727,000
Hindi
333,000
Konkani
178,000
Khandesi
124,000
Kacchi
62,000
Konkani, Goan
54,000
Ahirani
52,000
Kannada
20,000
Saurashtra
8,200
Nimadi
7,600
Marwari
1,200
Chhattisgarhi
1,100
Telugu
1,000
Malvi
600
Mewari
400
Other People Groups Speaking Gujarati
Primary Language Gujarati (4,351,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 19
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Marathi 2,727,000
  Hindi 333,000
  Konkani 178,000
  Khandesi 124,000
  Kacchi 62,000
  Konkani, Goan 54,000
  Ahirani 52,000
  Kannada 20,000
  Saurashtra 8,200
  Nimadi 7,600
  Marwari 1,200
  Chhattisgarhi 1,100
  Telugu 1,000
  Malvi 600
  Mewari 400
People Groups Speaking Gujarati

Primary Language:  Gujarati

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1809-1965)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1820-1985)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1823-2005)
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 Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Gujarati
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ગુજરાતી - Gujarati
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter Father's Love Letter
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
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 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2018  Anonymous  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Levi Boxell  
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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