Karnam in India

The Karnam have only been reported in India
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Main Language
Largest Religion
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The word Kanakku means accountant which is their traditional work. They are also known as the Karnam people. The Kanakku Pillai of Andhra Pradesh migrated from Tamil Nadu. Many live in Odisha and speak the local language, Odiya.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most work in government and private service often as accountants. They are well educated. In Tamil Nadu, the Kanakku Pillai are monogamous and they marry as adults. Cousins can marry. They allow for divorce. On the death of the father, sons inherit the property with the oldest son becoming the new head of the family. Widows can marry again. Women are usually vegetarians but some of the men are not.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kanakku Pillai are Hindus.


What Are Their Needs?

The Kanakku Pillai people need to experience life to the full which only comes from a submitted relationship with God the Father.


Prayer Points

Pray that gospel materials and the internet will help them begin their own movement to Christ. Pray that Indian believers will be faithful, loving ambassadors for Christ. Pray for spiritual hunger. Pray for intercessors and workers.


Scripture Prayers for the Karnam in India.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Karnam
People Name in Country Karnam
Population this Country 99,000
Population all Countries 99,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Kaikatti Karunigar; Kanaka Pillai; Karnavigar; Mathu Vazhi Kanakkar; Sarrattu Karunigar; Seer Karunigar; Sozhi Kanakkar; Srikarunigar; Srisayar; Sunnambu Karuni; कारणम
People ID 17105
ROP3 Code 112447
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 4
Largest States
Odisha
98,000
Delhi
100
Tamil Nadu
50
Telangana
30
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
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 4
  Odisha 98,000
  Delhi 100
  Tamil Nadu 50
  Telangana 30
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Odia (79,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
Telugu
2,200
Kui
900
Desiya
500
Bhatri
300
Kurux
300
Kui, Dawik
200
Pengo
100
Kuvi
50
Primary Language Odia (79,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
  Telugu 2,200
  Kui 900
  Desiya 500
  Bhatri 300
  Kurux 300
  Kui, Dawik 200
  Pengo 100
  Kuvi 50
People Groups Speaking Odia
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.
Photo Source Bhaskar T M 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more