Kalota in India

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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Kalota
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 76,000
World Population: 76,000
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 Kalota were warriors. They live in Madhya Pradesh. The Kalota speak Gujarati and Hindi and read and write in Devanagari.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Kalota work mostly in agriculture. The Kalota do not have cross cousin marriages. They only marry as adults. The Kalota people allow for divorce and remarriage. On the death of the father, the widow gets some of the property. They have specific elders who settle disagreements for them. They are vegetarians who eat wheat and sometimes rice.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kalota people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. 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 other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.

What Are Their Needs?

They need to accept the blessings of Jesus Christ, the one who came to offer abundant life to all who call on His name.

Prayer Points

Pray that Indian believers will help them to begin their own movement to Christ. Pray that gospel materials will be easily available to them. Pray for faithful intercessors and workers to go to them. Pray for spiritual openness when they hear of the claims of Christ.

Text Source:   Keith Carey