Kunbi Konkani in India

Map Source:  People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Kunbi Konkani
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 792,000
World Population: 792,000
Primary Language: Konkani, Goan
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 - Kunbi
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Kunbi (alternate names of Reddi and Desai) are a prominent community of Gujarat. Traditionally the Reddy belong to the fourth of the Hindu Varnas, Sudra. One section of the Kunbi are the Konkani speakers.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The majority of the Kunbi communities are non-vegetarian, and all the communities take rice as their staple cereal. Jowar, wheat, bajra and ragi are the other cereals they eat. Both men and women smoke a homemade cheroot (chutta) which results in a high incidence of mouth and throat cancer.
The Kunbi community have social divisions such as clans, lineage, subcastes and sects. These social divisions regulate marital alliances. The Kunbi allow for cross-cousin marriages. They allow widows to remarry. Being a dominant community, they are often landlords and landholders. Those less fortunate are paid laborers. Social control is regulated through traditional caste and village councils.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They are Hindus who worship many deities. Their main festivals are Ugadi, Akshade and Dussehra. They play bhajans and kirtans at these festivals.

What Are Their Needs?

The Kunbi fear Christianity as an invading religious system to their families and communities. They need hearts that do not fear coming close to the King of kings.

Prayer Points

Pray that God may send several Christian workers to work among them and meet their spiritual and physical needs.
Pray for the Kunbi Christians to reach out to their own people.
Pray for them to have the spiritual hunger it takes to stand for Jesus even in the face of community pressure.

Text Source:   Joshua Project