Lewa Kunbi in India


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Introduction / History

The Kunbi (alternate names of Reddi and Desai) are a prominent community of Gujarat, India. Traditionally they belong to the fourth of the Hindu Varnas, Sudra. The Kunbis have several sub-sectors including the Anjna, the Lewa and the Kadwa. These social divisions regulate marital alliances.

They live mainly in India, but some are in Pakistan. Kunbi people in Pakistan speak Sindhi rather than Gujarati.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Being a dominant community, the Kadwa Kunbi have been primarily landlords and landholders. Social control is regulated through traditional caste and village councils. The traditional occupation of most of the Kunbi groups is settled farming, followed by animal husbandry and paid labor.

Most Kunbi communities are non-vegetarian, and all the communities eat rice as their staple cereal. Jowar, wheat, bajra and ragi are the other cereals they eat. Both men and women smoke a homemade cheroot (chutta) which results in a high incidence of mouth and throat cancer.

Among the Kunbi people, cross-cousin marriages prevail. They do not permit widows to remarry.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They are Hindu by faith and worship many deities. Their main festivals are Ugadi, Akshade and Dussehra. They play bhajans and kirtans as part of their festivals.


What Are Their Needs?

All Kunbi people need the chance to experience the abundant life that only Jesus Christ can offer. Few can hear because no one has been sent.


Prayer Points

Pray for the salvation of the Kunbi people and that God may send several Christian workers to work among them and meet their spiritual and physical needs.
Pray for the Kunbi Christian believers to reach out to their own people.
Pray for an unstoppable movement to Christ among the Kadwa Kunbi people in India and Pakistan.


Scripture Prayers for the Kunbi Lewa in India.


References

India Missions Association, Edited by Philipose Vaidyar, Copyrighted © Used with permission.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Kunbi Lewa
People Name in Country Kunbi Lewa
Natural Name Lewa Kunbi
Pronunciation LAY-vah KOON-bee
Alternate Names Lewa; Lewa Patil; कुंबी लेवा
Population this Country 2,403,000
Population all Countries 2,409,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 48
People ID 21182
ROP3 Code 118005
ROP25 Code 304381
ROP25 Name Kunbi
Country India
Region Asia, South
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 6
Largest States
Gujarat
2,074,000
Maharashtra
260,000
Daman and Diu
20,000
Rajasthan
18,000
Dadra and Nagar Have
6,500
Karnataka
2,300
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 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 6
  Gujarat 2,074,000
  Maharashtra 260,000
  Daman and Diu 20,000
  Rajasthan 18,000
  Dadra and Nagar Have 6,500
  Karnataka 2,300
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.02 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.91 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.06 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Gujarati (1,737,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 14
Secondary Languages
Marathi
121,000
Hindi
66,000
Khandesi
38,000
Konkani
18,000
Ahirani
13,000
Dangi
3,700
Marwari (India)
3,500
Koli, Wadiyari
3,200
Kacchi
2,700
Malvi
500
Mewari
400
Shekhawati
100
Nimadi
80
Primary Language Gujarati (1,737,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 14
Secondary Languages
  Marathi 121,000
  Hindi 66,000
  Khandesi 38,000
  Konkani 18,000
  Ahirani 13,000
  Dangi 3,700
  Marwari (India) 3,500
  Koli, Wadiyari 3,200
  Kacchi 2,700
  Malvi 500
  Mewari 400
  Shekhawati 100
  Nimadi 80
People Groups Speaking Gujarati

Primary Language:  Gujarati

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Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
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