Kapu Konda in India

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

Introduction / History

The Konda Kapu are a sub group of the much larger Kapu agricultural caste. Kapu means farmer in the Telegu language. While many of the Kapu peoples have attained middle class or upper status, most Konda live in poverty and are a Scheduled tribe, meaning that they are eligible for public jobs and special university admissions. The Kapu are also classified as the fourth caste in the Hindu caste system.

The primary language of the Konda is Telegu. Some also speak Kannada and Tamil as their first language. College educated Konda speak English, Tamil and Hindi. Many Christian resources are available in Telegu, Tamil and Hindu including a whole Bible and the JESUS Film.


Where Are they Located?

The Konda Kapu people live all throughout southern India. Most live in rural villages near the land they farm.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Kapu are a diverse family of peoples. Some Kadu are politicians, writers, attorneys, teachers and entertainers. The Kapu are one of the dominant political groups in South India. However, many of the Konda Kapu are illiterate and work as landless farm workers. They have not been to become part of the modern Indian economy due to their lack of education and job skills. Many of the Konda children have to quit school after only a few years to help their families make a living.

The Konda tend to marry within their group. Some will marry within the larger Kapu community. Families arrange marriages with the consent of the young people. Sons inherit property with the eldest son becoming head of the family upon the death of his father. Newly married couples live near or with the groom's parents. The Konda employ Brahmins for their family celebrations such as births, weddings and funerals. Their dead are cremated and the ashes put into a holy river.

The Konda work in farms that grow rice, palm trees, coconuts, millet, lentils, fruits, and vegetables. Their main foods are rice, vegetables, lentils, and dairy products. Meat is usually reserved for special occasions. As Hindus, the Konda will not eat beef.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Konda Kapu 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 Konda Kapu 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.
According to PeopleGroups.org the Konda are no longer an unreached people. They now are over two percent evangelical Christians. We still need to pray for them that the church witin the Konda community continues to grow and reach out to unbelievers in south India.


What Are Their Needs?

All the Konda need to hear and understand the message of Jesus Christ. In addition, the Konda need help in educated their children and in learning now job skills. Solar panels would bring electricity to rural villages inhabited by the Konda. Workers can bring their villages the benefits of clean water and modern medicine.


Prayer Points

Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the Konda Kapu people.
Pray for the Konda Kapu people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.
Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Konda Kapu people to change their society from within.
Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers disciples to make more disciples.
Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Konda Kapu communities.


Scripture Prayers for the Konda Kapu in India.


References

https://www.indianetzone.com/10/konda_kapus_tribe.htm
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2975940
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/19597/IN


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Konda Kapu
People Name in Country Konda Kapu
Natural Name Kapu Konda
Population this Country 24,000
Population all Countries 24,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Konda Dora; Kondakapu; Pandava Ryotu; कोंडा कापु
People ID 17237
ROP3 Code 112605
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 6
Largest States
Andhra Pradesh
12,000
Karnataka
8,200
Telangana
3,000
Tamil Nadu
700
Puducherry
500
Kerala
40
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 6
  Andhra Pradesh 12,000
  Karnataka 8,200
  Telangana 3,000
  Tamil Nadu 700
  Puducherry 500
  Kerala 40
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Telugu (16,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 20
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Kannada
2,600
Tamil
1,200
Odia
600
Hindi
400
Kuvi
200
Tulu
100
Malayalam
20
Bhatri Marathi
Bengali Koya Sora
Konkani Assamese Gondi, Adilabad
Primary Language Telugu (16,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 20
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Kannada 2,600
  Tamil 1,200
  Odia 600
  Hindi 400
  Kuvi 200
  Tulu 100
  Malayalam 20
  Bhatri 10
  Marathi 10
  Bengali 10
  Koya 10
  Sora 10
  Konkani 0
  Assamese 0
  Gondi, Adilabad 0
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  (1854-2022)
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 Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Telugu Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Hope Video Mars Hill Media
Film / Video The Story Create International
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.04 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
2.99 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
94.68 %
Islam
1.46 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.07 %
Unknown
0.76 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
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