Dhaneja Kunbi in India

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

Introduction / History

The Dhonoje are one of the Kunbi subgroups. The Kunbis are a cluster of non-elite farming castes in western India. They are a large people group in Maharashtra. They speak Marathi and read and write in Devanagari.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Many are agricultural landowners. Some do other work. There are teachers and businesspeople among them. They prefer to marry their cousins. They are endogamous meaning that they marry within their people group. When the marriage arrangement is finalized the bride's family pays a dowry. They allow remarriage for the divorced and the bereaved. The dead are cremated, though they bury deceased children under ten years of age. Sons inherit the property when the father dies.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Dhonoje people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. 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 other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.


What Are Their Needs?

They need the hope and joy that Christ offers all who call upon His name.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Kunbi Dhaneja in India.

* Pray that God will give the Kunbi Dhonoje dreams and visions leading them towards a movement to Christ. * Pray for discernment and a spiritual desire for truth that will lead them to the only savior. * Pray that gospel materials will be easily available to any who hunger for truth.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Kunbi Dhaneja
People Name in Country Kunbi Dhaneja
Natural Name Dhaneja Kunbi
Population this Country 47,000
Population all Countries 47,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Dhonoje; कुंबी धनेजा
People ID 21331
ROP3 Code 118158
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 2
Largest States
Maharashtra
30,000
Madhya Pradesh
17,000
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 2
  Maharashtra 30,000
  Madhya Pradesh 17,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Marathi (41,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Hindi
4,300
Nimadi
1,500
Primary Language Marathi (41,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 4,300
  Nimadi 1,500
People Groups Speaking Marathi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
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


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