Kamsala in India

The Kamsala have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Subgroups: 7

Subgroup Name Population
Dravida Unknown
Kamsali Unknown
Kanchari Unknown
Kasi Unknown
Murikinadu Unknown
Pakinadu Unknown
Vadrangi Unknown

Introduction / History

Kamsala people consider themselves equal with Brahmins, and practice many of their customs. They also claim equality with Brahmins. This belief influences much of their lives and value systems.


Where Are they Located?

Most of the Kamsala people live in Odisha, but a smaller number live further south in Tamil Nadu.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Kamsala people recognize five separate groups among themselves: goldsmiths, brass-smiths, carpenters, stone masons, and iron workers. They marry within their groups, but goldsmiths have higher social status. Each division has a head man, and the five head men meet to decide policy. These head men are the key people who influence the entire group.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kamsala 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 Kamsala 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?

Although audio, visual, and written Bible resources are available in Odia, their spoken language, they remain unreached and unengaged with the truth of the gospel. Their greatest need is to understand the infinite love of Almighty God for them, and his provisional payment for the penalty of their sins. They need the light of the gospel to shine in their communities so that they can enjoy the abundant life Jesus offers all who call on His name.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Kamsala in India.

* Pray for his kingdom to come and his will to be done among the Kamsala people.
* Pray for a movement of Kamsala households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ.
* Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive the Kamsala people to the arms of Jesus.
* Pray for workers who are filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit to go to the Kamsala people.


References

https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Castes_and_Tribes_of_Southern_India/Kamsala


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Kamsala
People Name in Country Kamsala
World Population 29,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Kamsali; Vadla; Vadra; Vadrangi; कंसला
People ID 17072
ROP3 Code 112410
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 2
Largest States
Odisha
29,000
Tamil Nadu
30
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 2
  Odisha 29,000
  Tamil Nadu 30
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Odia (28,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
Telugu
900
Bhatri
200
Pengo
100
Primary Language Odia (28,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
  Telugu 900
  Bhatri 200
  Pengo 100
People Groups Speaking Odia

Primary Language:  Odia

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1811-1956)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1809-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1815-2014)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Virtual Storehouse
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Odia
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Odia
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Gospel website in this language
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ODIA - Oriya
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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