Lonari Kunbi in India

The Kunbi Lonari have only been reported 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

Their name comes from an ancient Sanscrit word, Saumik, which referred to their occupation of making salt. Some were cement makers and lime burners. They originally came from Uttar Pradesh, but most now live in Maharashtra. They speak Marathi and read and write in Devanagari.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Some of the Kunbi Lonari now own land and work in cultivation. They sell vegetables and other food at the market. Some work for the government. They are more likely, however, to still make cement or burn charcoal. Some still prepare salt like their ancestors. Their marriage ceremonies have several stages. Like most Hindu people groups, family elders arrange for marriages. A Brahmin priest picks an auspicious day based on astrological forecasts and a series of rituals involving heaps of rice and a betel nut. Each couple has a chosen deity to protect their marriage. They are endogamous (they prefer to marry within the caste) and have cousin marriages but do not marry others with the same surname. They allow for divorce and remarriage for various reasons including incompatibility, foul temper, adultery, and impotency. The divorced and bereaved can only marry those in a similar position to themselves. For example, a bachelor cannot marry a widow. Sons inherit the property and the dead are usually cremated.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They worship all Hindu gods and participate in all Hindu festivals. They also worship saints and gurus. They also worship certain animals such as the cobra, the horse, and the cow. Some worship banyan trees. When there is an outbreak of cholera or smallpox they worship Mari and Shtala. The cremate the dead but bury those who are small children and those who died of smallpox or leprosy.


What Are Their Needs?

The Kunbi Lonari people need to have the chance to make Jesus Christ their Lord so they can experience His life to the full.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Kunbi Lonari in India.

* Pray for spiritual hunger that will lead these people to the foot of the cross. * Pray for intercessors and workers to bless them with the presence of Christ. * Pray that gospel materials and the internet will lead them to begin their own disciple making movement.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Kunbi Lonari
People Name in Country Kunbi Lonari
Natural Name Lonari Kunbi
Population this Country 101,000
Population all Countries 101,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Lonari; कुंबी लोनारी
People ID 21338
ROP3 Code 118165
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
Maharashtra
87,000
Madhya Pradesh
14,000
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
  Maharashtra 87,000
  Madhya Pradesh 14,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Marathi (88,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Hindi
6,400
Khandesi
4,400
Nimadi
1,500
Ahirani
40
Primary Language Marathi (88,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 6,400
  Khandesi 4,400
  Nimadi 1,500
  Ahirani 40
People Groups Speaking Marathi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.20 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.80 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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