Kadu Kuruba in India

The Kadu Kuruba have only been reported in India
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Introduction / History

The Kadu Kuruba are a tribal people who live in south India. Their name means "tribal people of the forest" in the language of Kannada. Since medieval times they served as soldiers in the armies of south India. Up until recent times they collected and sold honey as their main source of income. They weaved baskets and items from bamboo as another way to get income.

In the 1970s the Kadu Karuba were removed from their forest homes by the Indian government. The trees were cut down for lumber and the land cleared for cultivation. The Kadu Kuruba must now work as day agricultural laborers. As low as their previous standard of living was, it has become lower. These days they suffer from malnutrition, poverty, unemployment and repression. Their forest homeland was distributed to businesses and individuals favored by the government.

The Kadu Kuruba speak Kannada as their primary language. They also speak other regional languages of south India.

Where Are they Located?

The Kadu Kuruba live in the south Indian states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The removal from their forest homes has drastically changed the lives of the Kadu Kuruba for the worse. For hundreds of years they gathered honey and food in the forest. They favorite food was yams with honey. They drank their own homemade liquor.

The Kadu Karuba lived in small but clean wooden huts. A fire pit filled the center of the hut. Girls were married as early as age 12. Modern conveniences like electricity, indoor plumbing and access to clean water were unknown to them. They practiced traditional medicine. Literacy was low. They had no concept of private property. Their own priests not Brahmins performed important life rituals.

Now the lives of the Kadu Kuruba are in a state of flux. They have not adjusted well to their new lives. Their children do now have more access to more educational opportunities, but their poverty forces children to work in the fields with their parents.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kadu Kuruba are Hindus. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They worship Shiva and Shakti or energy in the form of a stone. They see stone as the source of all life. As a tribal people they are often excluded from Hindu temples. They also worship their ancestors who they ask to protect them from evil spirits.

The Kadu Kuruba participate in the yearly Hindu holidays of Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the nine-day celebration of autumn and

Maha Shivaratri, the great night of Shiva.

What Are Their Needs?

The needs of the Kadu Kuruba are overwhelming. They need a regular source of basic income and food. They need homes to live in, access to clean water and modern medicine. Most of all, they need to hear about Jesus Christ who has promised to meet all their needs if they receive him as their Lord and Savior.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Kadu Kuruba in India.

* Pray that the Lord uses the hardships of the Kadu Kuruba to drive them away from Hinduism and into the love of God in Christ.
* Pray the Lord sends Christian workers to help the Kadu Kuruba in both their spiritual and physical needs.
* Pray the tiny number of Kadu Kuruba Christians might grow into large Bible believing churches.



Profile Source:   David Kugel  

People Name General Kadu Kuruba
People Name in Country Kadu Kuruba
World Population 23,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Betta Kadu; Betta Kuruba; Kadu; Kuruba; कादू कुरुबा
People ID 18780
ROP3 Code 112567
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 2
Largest States
Tamil Nadu
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 2
  Karnataka 12,000
  Tamil Nadu 12,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Kannada (18,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
Primary Language Kannada (18,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
  Tamil 4,700
  Telugu 900
  Malayalam 200
  Tulu 60
  Marathi 60
  Konkani 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
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 *
0.03 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.02 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
98.76 %
0.14 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.02 %
1.03 %
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source David Kugel  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.