Kalal (Hindu traditions) in India


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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Kalal of India have traditionally been involved in the production and distribution of liquor. Their name comes from the Sanskrit word for "liquor distillers." Since many Hindus look down on the use of alcohol, the Kalal began in the last century to adopt other professions like agriculture, the military, government service and law. The Kalal speak the languages of the Indian regions where they live. Their three primary languages are Telugu, Kannada and Hindi.


Where Are they Located?

The Kalal people live throughout much of the nation of India. Most Kalal live in the southern Indian states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Kala are endogamous, that is, they marry within their community. Adult marriages and monogamy are the general practice. Families arrange most marriages in a ceremony with a Brahmin present. Most newly married couples live with or near the husband's family.

The Kalal eat meat but not beef or pork. Their main staple is rice along with fruit, vegetables and dairy products. Alcoholism is a problem in the Kalal people.

The Kalal encourage their children to pursue higher education and become professionals.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kalal worship Vishnu, the preserver god, in his incarnations of Rama and Krishna. The Kalal cremate their dead and the ashes are placed in a sacred river like the Ganges.

A Kalal priest leads worship, practices traditional medicine and prays to protect his people from evil spirits. The Kalal celebrate the Hindu festivals like the birthday of Rama. Holi is the spring festival of colors. Kalal worship Durga, a form of Kali, during the nine holy days of Navratri.


Prayer Points

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

Pray the Lord sends Christian workers to share God's truth and compassion with the Kalal.
Pray the Kalal would be drawn to the Savior not alcohol.
Pray that the Lord produces a growing church soon in the Kalal community.


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-01-22
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-11-23
People Name General Kalal (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Kalal (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation kah-LAHL
Population this Country 2,550,000
Population all Countries 2,553,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 51
Alternate Names Ahlajia; Aluwala; Aluwari; Aray; Arya Katagaru; Asili; Chaukse; Chaulise; Dadsena; Ediga Balija; Gamalla; Gavara; Gouda; Hindu Kasai; Idiga; Indra; Iraqi; Iraque; Jaisawal; Kahar; Kalal; Kalan; Kalanaj; Kalans; Kalar; Kalate Kalans; Kali; Kalivar; Kalwar; Kasai; Katagaru; Katig; Khatik; Kolar; Kolawar; Kumarpaik; Ladar; Lader; Madvi; Malvi; Maratha Kasai; Naidu; Namdhari; Panda; Paneda; Raj Bhoi; Raki; Roy; Shindigar; Sundi; Thiyar; Tiyan; Vadugan; Walia; Yatollu; Yediga; Yelegar; Yellegar; कलाल (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17204
ROP3 Code 112570
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 26
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Telangana
1,734,000
Karnataka
1,241,000
Madhya Pradesh
308,000
Maharashtra
227,000
Tamil Nadu
140,000
Rajasthan
116,000
Bihar
53,000
Andhra Pradesh
25,000
Jharkhand
22,000
Gujarat
7,400
West Bengal
4,900
Odisha
4,100
Kerala
3,200
Chhattisgarh
1,900
Goa
1,800
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 26  (only 20 largest shown)
  Telangana 1,734,000
  Karnataka 1,241,000
  Madhya Pradesh 308,000
  Maharashtra 227,000
  Tamil Nadu 140,000
  Rajasthan 116,000
  Bihar 53,000
  Andhra Pradesh 25,000
  Jharkhand 22,000
  Gujarat 7,400
  West Bengal 4,900
  Odisha 4,100
  Kerala 3,200
  Chhattisgarh 1,900
  Goa 1,800
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Telugu (2,134,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 27
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Kannada
713,000
Hindi
450,000
Tulu
242,000
Konkani
167,000
Marathi
150,000
Konkani, Goan
122,000
Mewari
31,000
Wagdi
26,000
Tamil
24,000
Marwari
15,000
Bagheli
10,000
Malvi
9,400
Bhojpuri
8,400
Bundeli
7,300
Chhattisgarhi
5,600
Primary Language Telugu (2,134,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 27
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Kannada 713,000
  Hindi 450,000
  Tulu 242,000
  Konkani 167,000
  Marathi 150,000
  Konkani, Goan 122,000
  Mewari 31,000
  Wagdi 26,000
  Tamil 24,000
  Marwari 15,000
  Bagheli 10,000
  Malvi 9,400
  Bhojpuri 8,400
  Bundeli 7,300
  Chhattisgarhi 5,600
People Groups Speaking Telugu

Primary Language:  Telugu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1812-1966)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1818-1989)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1854-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Telugu
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Story
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.10 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.85 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.05 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source David Kugel  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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