Kela (Hindu traditions) in India

The Kela (Hindu traditions) 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: 2

Subgroup Name Population
Sapua 2,100
Nalu 300

Introduction / History

In time past, Kela people hunted snakes, toads and birds. Their profession was considered a dishonorable occupation by surrounding communities. Their name means “unclean” in Bengali.


Where Are they Located?

Kela Hindu people are located in Odisha in southeastern India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Kela people no longer hunt as a profession. The majority work today as farmers or sharecroppers. Others work as lock and suitcase repairmen.

They live within their small groups, marrying close kin. They live in multi-caste villages.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Though there is a dying Muslim community of few people among the Kelas, most are Hindus. Kela 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.


What Are Their Needs?

Although audio, visual, and written Bible resources are available in Odia, the spoken language of Kela people in India, 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 of the penalty for their sins. They are held in serious bondage mentally, physically, and spiritually.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Kela (Hindu traditions) in India.

* Pray for the Lord to raise up a strong disciple making movement to saturate the hearts and minds of the Hindu Kela people group.
* Pray for God's blessing, strengthening and healing of Kela families and communities within this people group through the abundant life Jesus offers to all who call on His name.
* Pray for God's blessing on Kela leaders, along with their families, and for their communities to welcome and enjoy God’s blessing.
* Pray for the Lord to multiply the reception and influence of His Word among the Kela people, leading them to love Him with their whole being.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17585/IN


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Kela (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Kela (Hindu traditions)
World Population 24,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 5  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Neeli; Sabakhia; केला (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17134
ROP3 Code 112483
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
24,000
Jharkhand
100
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 24,000
  Jharkhand 100
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Odia (23,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Hindi
800
Bengali
500
Primary Language Odia (23,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 800
  Bengali 500
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
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.99 %
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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