Kela (Hindu traditions) in India

The Kela (Hindu traditions) have only been reported in India
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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Evangelical
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Kela are a scheduled caste in Odisha. They speak in Oriya.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Kela Nalua can make their living in a variety of ways. Some trap birds and sell them. The women often sell cosmetics. Some practice snake charming while others work for the government. The less fortunate are day laborers. Some of them take part in self-employment schemes. They are educated to a degree but their semi-nomadic lifestyle restricts them, so the gospel will need to be presented to them in oral forms.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kela Nalua people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. 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 other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.


What Are Their Needs?

The Kela people need opportunities to earn a good living in a settled environment where their children can be educated.


Prayer Points

Pray that God gives them dreams and visions leading them to Jesus Christ. Pray that Indian believers will help them begin a disciple making movement. Pray that gospel recordings and the JESUS Film will become easily accessed by the Kela people.


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


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Kela (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Kela (Hindu traditions)
Population this Country 29,000
Population all Countries 29,000
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
29,000
Jharkhand
200
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 2
  Odisha 29,000
  Jharkhand 200
Website South Asia Peoples
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 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.
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