Kudumi in India

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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Kudumi
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 347,000
World Population: 347,000
Primary Language: Tamil
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Traditionally the Kudubi people were hunters and fishermen. Most Kudubi people live in Karnataka and further south in Kerala. In Kerala, many of the Kudubi live in the Trichur District. Some are in Goa. They speak Konkani and Malayalam and read and write in Malayalam, the language of Kerala. They have many similarities with those living in Karnataka.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Kudubi work in farming, animal production, day laboring, and other work. They have a traditional wise man called a Budvantha to settle disputes and a community council to look after their interests. Boys are given some education, but girls are given very little. Commonly they marry their cousins. They allow for divorce and remarriage. On the death of the father, sons inherit the property with the oldest son taking charge of the family. The mother of the bride cannot go to the wedding of her daughter. They have a joint family system which means that often 10 people live in one household.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They are Hindus. They celebrate a harvest festival and folk dances are important to them. To praise certain gods they play songs, especially on drums.

What Are Their Needs?

The Kudubi people need to put all their trust in Jesus Christ, the One who is fully trustworthy.

Prayer Points

Pray that Indian believers will help lead the Kudubi to a community-wide movement to Christ. Pray that the councils will come to Jesus Christ and lead others to salvation. Pray for openness to faith in Christ alone, forsaking all others.

Text Source:   Keith Carey