Chitrakar (Hindu traditions) in India

Chitrakar (Hindu traditions)
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People Name: Chitrakar (Hindu traditions)
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 61,000
World Population: 61,000
Primary Language: Marathi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.07 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
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Introduction / History

Chitrakar means, “image maker.” These people are a caste divided according to their professions.

Where Are they Located?

Chitrakar live in Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They are painters on ceramics, makers of woodblock prints, and maskmakers for ritual dances. They also make and paint wood items to sell.

Chitrakar are not vegetarians and they eat rice. In Maharashtra, Chitrakar speak Konkani and read and write in Devanagari. They also speak Marathi. In Andhra Pradesh the Chitrakar speak, read and write in Telugu.

They have birth and marriage rituals. They are monogamous. Divorced and bereaved men are permitted to remarry. The dead are cremated. Upon the death of the father, sons and unmarried daughters inherit the property. The oldest son assumes authority for leadership of the family. They make use of family welfare help.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Chitrakar people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. 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. They 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.

What Are Their Needs?

Although audio, visual and written Bible resources are available in the several languages Chitrakar people speak, they remain unreached and unengaged with the truth of the gospel. Their greatest need is to understand the infinite love of Almighty God for them, and His provisional payment of the penalty for their sins.

Prayer Points

* Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the Chitrakar people.
* Pray for the Chitrakar people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.
* Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Chitrakar people to change their society from within.
* Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers Chitrakar disciples to make more disciples.
Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Chitrakar communities.

Text Source:   Keith Carey