The Telugu word Kapu or Kaapu means protector. They are also referred to by their caste title Naidu, which means leader.
Kapus were inhabitants of the Andhra region, people who migrated from the north, cleared forests for agriculture and built settlements. They are the descendants of the Kaampu tribe, an Indo-Aryan tribe, which migrated from Kampilya, Mithila and Ayodhya. These were ancient cities situated in the Gangetic Plains of northern India spread across Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The migration seems to have occurred 2500 years ago, which coincides with the rise of the first Andhra Kingdom, Satavahanas. This migrant tribe initially settled along the banks of the Godavari River, cleared forests and built settlements and towns.
The Kapus were primarily a military/agrarian community which took up military service and participated in farming during peace time. Consequently Kapu subcastes evolved based on occupation. One of these subtribes is the Reddi Ganjams.
This Hindu people group lives in the coastal region of Andhra Pradesh.
In the 1990s there were irrigation projects that helped farming Kapus to increase their yields. Modern day Kapus have banded together to fight for their political rights. A 2016 news article describes Kapus as “economically powerful but socially weak.” They have also organized agricultural unions to protect their way of life. A significant number of Kapus have today diversified into industry, arts and academia. However, substantial segments of the population are still farmers.
The Reddi Ganjam Kapu people are Hindus. Hinduism is basically a catch-all description of the various religious practices of South Asian peoples encountered by the British colonialists. They worship and appease any god they believe will offer them protection and favor. Their relationship with these gods is more like a business transaction than a relationship. Like members of any religious community, they love their yearly celebrations and festivals.
This farming community needs opportunities to expand into other areas, given the current changes in India’s economy.
* Scripture Prayers for the Kapu Reddi Ganjam in India.
* Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the Reddi Ganjam Kapu.
* Pray for the Reddi Ganjam Kapu people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods with abundant spiritual wealth.
* Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Reddi Ganjam Kapu people to change their society from within.
* Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers Reddi Ganjam Kapu disciples to make more disciples who will make even more disciples.
* Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Reddi Ganjam Kapu families.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Kapu Reddi Ganjam|
|People Name in Country||Kapu Reddi Ganjam|
|Natural Name||Reddi Ganjam Kapu|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Ganjam Reddulu; Ganjam Reddy; Ganjam Redulu; Kapu; Reddiar; Reddika; Reddy; कापु रेड्डी गंजाम|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||10 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
Primary Language: Telugu
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1818-1989)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Father's Love Letter|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible stories in Telugu|
|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 Telugu|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|Film / Video||The Hope Video|
|Film / Video||The Pearl of Great Price|
|Film / Video||The Story|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws|
|General||God's Simple Plan|
|General||Gospel website in this language|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|