Kadar in India

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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Kadar
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 139,000
World Population: 142,900
Primary Language: Hindi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
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
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Traditionally the Kadar people were hunters and gatherers. The Kadar people live in Kerala.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They still live much like their tribal ancestors. According to Britannica, most live in the forest and gather forest goods to sell such as cardamom, ginger, sago, wax, and wild honey. Typically, they sell or trade these for rice, their staple food. Their homes have thatched roofs from large palm leaves. A few are agricultural laborers. They have a caste council to judge matters for them. They are not well educated so the gospel will need to be given in oral form. The Kadar prefer adult marriages. The divorced and bereaved are allowed to marry again.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Hinduism is their official religion, but they are more likely to worship their traditional jungle spirits.

What Are Their Needs?

The Kadar people need to allow Jesus Christ to bless them and give them life to the full.

Prayer Points

Pray for faithful intercessors and workers to go to them. Pray that the Kadar caste council leaders will help their people begin Discovery Bible Studies. Pray that gospel recordings and the JESUS Film will lead them into a church planting movement.

Text Source:   Keith Carey