Khumra (Hindu traditions) in India

Khumra (Hindu traditions)
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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Khumra (Hindu traditions)
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 24,000
World Population: 24,000
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
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Introduction / History

They have been given the status of Other Backward Castes, which means they are socially and educationally disadvantaged. They have always done manual labor, which means that their status is fairly low in any Hindu culture.

Where Are they Located?

The Hindu Khumra people live in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, two highly unreached states in northern India.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Khumra are traditionally involved with millstone manufacturing but now that has declined and many work as agricultural and industrial laborers. Only a few of them are landowners.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Khumra 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.

The main yearly holidays of the Khumra people are Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.

What Are Their Needs?

The Khumra people need to be given the chance to get an education so they can advance beyond doing manual labor.

Prayer Points

Pray for Khumra families of believers loving and serving others to grow reproducing churches.
Pray for a chain reaction of Khumra families reaching families that results in thousands of new believers who share their faith with others.
Pray for grace and truth expanding into the entire Khumra society as all believers learn to love others.
Pray that churches and believers will bless their entire people group in such a way that God's love will change the Khumra people like yeast changes dough.

Text Source:   Keith Carey