Kasar Otari in India

The Kasar Otari have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Subgroups: 7

Subgroup Name Population
Bedari Unknown
Ghatole Unknown
Kanchali Unknown
Kancjali Unknown
Kolwana Unknown
Nizamsi Unknown
Yadali Unknown

Introduction / History

The Kasar Otari of India are part of a larger Kasar group whose traditional occupation is smelting and metal working. They Kasar make toe rings, bangles (rigid bracelets), Hindu idols, bells and musical instruments from brass and copper. The steep rise of the price of copper in recent years has hindered their profession. Copper wire is the main element used in conducting electricity. The Kasar take copper ore and smelt it into pure metal. Then they mix the copper with other metals like zinc and tin to make brass and bronze.

The first language of the Kasars depends where they live. They speak Telugu, Kannada, Odia, and Marathi. Many also speak Hindi, which allows them to conduct business throughout north and central India.


Where Are they Located?

Most Kasar Otari people live in Indian states of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Odisha.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The lifestyle of the Kasar depends upon whether they live in cities or villages. The urban Kasar have lives much like we do in the West. Their children attend secondary schools and often go on to universities. They enjoy the blessings of modern society. The urban Kasar are leaving their old profession as factories and technology can make the metal items they parents made both cheaper and more efficiently.

The Kasar who live in villages live much like their ancestors. They make jewelry, statues and cymbals out of copper and brass using ancient techniques. These items are still used in traditional Hindu rituals and family ceremonies. Many Kasar young people are moving to the cities from the villages.

The Kasar marry within their group. The newly married couple used to live with or near the groom’s parents. This tradition is changing and now young Kasars live where they can find employment.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kasar Otari practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They pay special devotion to Kali, the goddess of death and sex. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Kasar 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 many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

The main yearly holidays of the Kasar people are 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 Kasars who become believers may not be able to make metal items for Hindu rituals. They will need other kinds of employment. The Kasars need to hear and understand the message of Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and get them right with the one, true God.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Kasar Otari in India.

* Pray that the Lord moves Indian believers to reach and share the gospel with the Kasar Otari.
* Pray the Lord will open the hearts of the Kasar Otari people to desire God's blessings through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.
* Pray the few believers among the Kasar will grow in sharing and discussing God's Word with their families and communities.


References

https://www.peoplegroups.org/explore/GroupDetails.aspx?peid=41429
https://www.shaadi.com/matrimony/otari-india-matrimony


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Kasar Otari
People Name in Country Kasar Otari
World Population 22,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names कसर ओतारी
People ID 21155
ROP3 Code 117978
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 4
Largest States
Odisha
7,600
Maharashtra
6,300
Telangana
4,700
Karnataka
3,100
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 4
  Odisha 7,600
  Maharashtra 6,300
  Telangana 4,700
  Karnataka 3,100
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Telugu (7,800 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
Odia
5,900
Marathi
5,800
Kannada
1,900
Gujarati
100
Hindi
100
Konkani
100
Bundeli
Primary Language Telugu (7,800 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
  Odia 5,900
  Marathi 5,800
  Kannada 1,900
  Gujarati 100
  Hindi 100
  Konkani 100
  Bundeli 0
People Groups Speaking Telugu

Primary Language:  Telugu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1812-1966)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1818-1989)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1854-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Virtual Storehouse
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 (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Telugu
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 Telugu
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Pearl of Great Price
Film / Video The Story
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
98.90 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
1.10 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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