Kunbi (Hindu traditions) in India


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Subgroups: 58 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
Thakarda 724,000
Tirde Kunbi 328,000
Atte Kunbi 106,000
Jhare 77,000
Ahir 75,000
Goankar 46,000
Mahratta 38,000
Atte Vakkal 18,000
Bawane 16,000
Manwa 16,000

Introduction / History

The Kunbi (alternate names of Reddi and Desai) are a prominent community of Gujarat. Traditionally the Reddy belong to the fourth of the Hindu Varnas, Sudra. One section of the Reddy is called Kapu which means guardian.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The majority of the Kunbi communities are non-vegetarian, and all the communities take rice as their staple cereal. Jowar, wheat, bajra and ragi are the other cereals they eat.

The Kunbi community have social divisions such as clans, lineage, subcastes and sects. These social divisions regulate marital alliances. They speak the Kannada and Telugu languages.

Among the Kunbi people, cross-cousin marriages of both types are allowed. Widow remarriage is not permitted. Being a dominant community, the Reddy have been primarily landlords and landholders. Social control is regulated through traditional caste and village councils.

The traditional occupation of most of the Reddy groups is settled farming, followed by animal husbandry and paid labour. Both men and women smoke a homemade cheroot (chutta) which results in a high incidence of mouth and throat cancer.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They are Hindu by faith and worship many deities. Their main festivals are Ugadi, Akshade and Dussehra. They play bhajans and kirtans.


Prayer Points

* For the salvation of the Kunbi people and that God may send several Christian workers to work among them and meet their spiritual and physical needs.
* Pray for the Kunbi Christians to reach out to their own people.
* Pray that their men and women may give up smoking


References

(Alternate names: Kapu, Akutota, Desai, Dommari, Guruda, Illela, Kuruva, Musugu, Nadi Taram, Panta, Sajjana, Renati, etc.)


Profile Source:   India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-09-15
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-05-27
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-10-20
People Name General Kunbi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Kunbi (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 17,736,000
World Population 17,748,600
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 354
Alternate Names Amin, Atte Kunbi, Desai, Kakna, Kambatti, Kamma Reddiyar, Kulwadi, Kunabi, Kurmar, Kutumbika, Manuru, Nagale, Nagiga, Patidar, Reddi, Reddy, कुंबी (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17325
ROP3 Code 112706
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Gujarati
People Group Kunbi (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25r
Total Subgroups 58 (only 15 largest shown)
  Thakarda 724,000
  Tirde Kunbi 328,000
  Atte Kunbi 106,000
  Jhare 77,000
  Ahir 75,000
  Goankar 46,000
  Mahratta 38,000
  Atte Vakkal 18,000
  Bawane 16,000
  Manwa 16,000
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 30
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Gujarat
8,349,000
Maharashtra
7,087,000
Madhya Pradesh
840,000
Rajasthan
486,000
Karnataka
210,000
Telangana
199,000
Goa
157,000
Odisha
135,000
Daman and Diu
64,000
Andhra Pradesh
62,000
Tamil Nadu
48,000
Dadra and Nagar Have
44,000
Chhattisgarh
22,000
West Bengal
11,000
Delhi
5,800
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 30  (only 20 largest shown)
  Gujarat 8,349,000
  Maharashtra 7,087,000
  Madhya Pradesh 840,000
  Rajasthan 486,000
  Karnataka 210,000
  Telangana 199,000
  Goa 157,000
  Odisha 135,000
  Daman and Diu 64,000
  Andhra Pradesh 62,000
  Tamil Nadu 48,000
  Dadra and Nagar Have 44,000
  Chhattisgarh 22,000
  West Bengal 11,000
  Delhi 5,800
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Gujarati (7,585,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 43
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Marathi
6,493,000
Hindi
1,753,000
Konkani
377,000
Kacchi
335,000
Konkani, Goan
246,000
Khandesi
152,000
Kannada
127,000
Nimadi
118,000
Odia
111,000
Ahirani
104,000
Marwari
97,000
Dhanki
47,000
Malvi
43,000
Mewari
42,000
Telugu
39,000
Other People Groups Speaking Gujarati
Primary Language Gujarati (7,585,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 43
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Marathi 6,493,000
  Hindi 1,753,000
  Konkani 377,000
  Kacchi 335,000
  Konkani, Goan 246,000
  Khandesi 152,000
  Kannada 127,000
  Nimadi 118,000
  Odia 111,000
  Ahirani 104,000
  Marwari 97,000
  Dhanki 47,000
  Malvi 43,000
  Mewari 42,000
  Telugu 39,000
People Groups Speaking Gujarati

Primary Language:  Gujarati

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1809-1965)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1820-1985)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1823-2005)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Gujarati
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ગુજરાતી - Gujarati
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter Father's Love Letter
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.05 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.80 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.14 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source COMIBAM / Sepal 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


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