Korama in India

Korama
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Map Source:  People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Korama
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 219,000
World Population: 219,000
Primary Language: Kannada
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 Dalit - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Korama, also known as Korama Setty, comes from the root kuru, which means "fortune telling," a reference to their traditional occupation. The Korama are a scheduled caste. In a tribe where cross-cousin and uncle-niece marriages are allowed, their very name, Korama, suggests mystery. They live in Bangalore and other places in Karnataka. They speak Tamil and Kannada.

What Are Their Lives Like?

In addition to fortune telling, the Korama people engage in basket-weaving, bamboo work, mat-weaving, and tattooing. Some work as wage laborers. But others are entering professional occupations and doing quite well. About one-third of these people live in urban areas. They are endogamous, meaning they prefer marriages to take place within their group. Boys are educated and girls to a lesser degree. The literacy level however is on the low side so the gospel may need to be given in oral form too.

What Are Their Beliefs?

These people are animistic, and they have their own priests.

What Are Their Needs?

The Korama people need to experience the abundant life offered only by Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points

* Pray that Indian believers will help lead the Korama into a church planting movement. * Pray for spiritual openness that will lead to many putting their faith in Christ. * Pray for faithful workers and intercessors.

Text Source:   Keith Carey