Bawaria Korku in India

The Bawaria Korku have only been reported in India
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Introduction / History

The name Korku amounts to a combination of two words, one for "man" and the other the plural for "tribal men." The Indian government classifies all Korku peoples as "Scheduled Tribes," meaning they have a tribal background and low status. The Bawaria are a subtribe of the larger Korku people.

Where Are they Located?

The Bawaria subtribe lives in a small portion of India's Madhya Pradesh state.

What Are Their Lives Like?

At one time the Bawaria Korku people practices slash and burn farming practices, but now they have better farming techniques. Though some have adequate farmland, many suffer from malnutrition because they cannot grow enough food for themselves.

Korku villages include two rows of huts, each one with a fireplace in front. These fireplaces pose a danger since most of their homes are made out of bamboo or wood.

Marriage for the Bawaria Korku people is the initiation for youths who become adults. Religious rites are very important in weddings, which unite families. They do not have nuclear families. Most Bawaria Korku families include not only the couple, but also adult sons and daughters, their children, and even members of the bride's family who are still paying off the bride price through service to the groom's family.

The male head of a Korku family makes all major decisions regarding large purchases like land, livestock, and even smaller purchases like ornaments and clothes. His wife makes decisions regarding the purchase of clothes and cooking utensils.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Bawaria Korku people practice Hinduism, but it has a very tribal flavor, since it's a blend of animism and Hinduism. Since Hinduism is the label for just about any indigenous South Asian belief system, tribal religions can also be labeled Hinduism. Hinduism is a very flexible religion. However, one major difference between Hinduism and tribal religion is that the Hindus employ Brahman priests for their rituals while tribal peoples have their own priests.

What Are Their Needs?

The Bawaria Kurku people need the tools and know-how for advanced farming techniques so they can adequately feed their families.

Prayer Points

Pray for families of Bawaria Korku believers loving and serving others to grow reproducing churches.
Pray for a chain reaction of Bawaria Korku families reaching families that results in thousands of new believers who share their faith with others.
Pray for grace and truth expanding into the entire Bawaria Korku society as all believers learn to love others.
Pray that churches and believers will bless their entire people group in such a way that God's love will change the Bawaria Korku people like yeast changes dough.

Scripture Prayers for the Korku Bawaria in India.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Korku Bawaria
People Name in Country Korku Bawaria
Natural Name Bawaria Korku
Alternate Names Baoria; Bawar; Bawaria; कोरकु बावारिया
Population this Country 18,000
Population all Countries 18,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 21162
ROP3 Code 117985
ROP25 Code 304216
ROP25 Name Korku
Country India
Region Asia, South
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 2
Largest States
Madhya Pradesh
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 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 2
  Maharashtra 16,000
  Madhya Pradesh 1,800
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
0.07 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.10 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.70 %
0.07 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.07 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Korku (14,000 speakers)
Language Code kfq   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Primary Language Korku (14,000 speakers)
Language Code kfq   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Marathi 800
People Groups Speaking Korku

Primary Language:  Korku

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1900-1981)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2018)
Bible-Complete No
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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Korku Jesus Film Project
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Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book General / Other
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey 
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