Kadwa Kunbi in India


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Introduction / History

The Kunbi (alternate names of Reddi and Desai) are a prominent community of Gujarat, India. Traditionally they belong to the fourth of the Hindu Varnas, Sudra. The Kunbis have several sub-sectors including the Anjna, the Lewa and the Kadwa. These social divisions regulate marital alliances. They live mainly in India, but some are in Pakistan. Those in Pakistan speak Sindhi rather than Gujarati.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Being a dominant community, the Kunbi Kadwa have been primarily landlords and landholders. Social control is regulated through traditional caste and village councils. The traditional occupation of most of the Kunbi groups is settled farming, followed by animal husbandry and paid labor.

Most Kunbi communities are non-vegetarian, and all the communities eat rice as their staple cereal. Jowar, wheat, bajra and ragi are the other cereals they eat. Both men and women smoke a homemade cheroot (chutta) which results in a high incidence of mouth and throat cancer.

Among the Kunbi people, cross-cousin marriages prevail. They do not permit widows to remarry.


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 as part of their festivals.


What Are Their Needs?

Like other Kunbi peoples, the Kunbi Kadwa community needs loving gospel workers to share the glory and goodness of the King of kings.


Prayer Points

Pray for the salvation of the Kunbi Kadwa people and that God may send several Christian workers to work among them and meet their spiritual and physical needs.
Pray for Kunbi Kadwa Christian believers to reach out to their own people.
Pray for an unstoppable movement to Christ among the Kunbi Kadwa people in India and Pakistan.


Scripture Prayers for the Kunbi Kadwa in India.


References

India Missions Association, Edited by Philipose Vaidyar, Copyrighted © Used with permission


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People Name General Kunbi Kadwa
People Name in Country Kunbi Kadwa
Natural Name Kadwa Kunbi
Pronunciation kahd-WAH koon-BEE
Alternate Names Kadwa Patiar; Kanbi-Patel; Patidar; कुंबी कड़वा
Population this Country 1,323,000
Population all Countries 1,339,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 26
People ID 21181
ROP3 Code 118004
ROP25 Code 304381
ROP25 Name Kunbi
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 6
Largest States
Gujarat
1,228,000
Maharashtra
80,000
Rajasthan
8,300
Daman and Diu
3,900
Dadra and Nagar Have
2,300
Karnataka
1,300
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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 6
  Gujarat 1,228,000
  Maharashtra 80,000
  Rajasthan 8,300
  Daman and Diu 3,900
  Dadra and Nagar Have 2,300
  Karnataka 1,300
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.01 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.97 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.02 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Gujarati (1,081,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
Marathi
34,000
Hindi
28,000
Koli, Wadiyari
10,000
Kacchi
5,200
Khandesi
3,100
Konkani
2,400
Dangi
1,800
Ahirani
1,700
Malvi
1,400
Marwari (India)
1,200
Wagdi
800
Mewari
700
Primary Language Gujarati (1,081,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
  Marathi 34,000
  Hindi 28,000
  Koli, Wadiyari 10,000
  Kacchi 5,200
  Khandesi 3,100
  Konkani 2,400
  Dangi 1,800
  Ahirani 1,700
  Malvi 1,400
  Marwari (India) 1,200
  Wagdi 800
  Mewari 700
People Groups Speaking Gujarati

Primary Language:  Gujarati

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