The Korama Kunchi are a Hindu people who live in south India. The name Korama is related to their occupation of fortune telling. They were fortune-tellers, quack doctors and basket makers. Korama men were known to sell the sexual favors of their wives and daughters. During the British period they was classified as a caste of petty criminals. As a scheduled caste they are eligible for pubic jobs and special consideration for university admissions. Most are functionally illiterate. The children frequently obtain a minimal education quitting school to help their families make a living.
The Korama speak a dialect of Kannada. Many also speak Tamil. A complete Bible and the JESUS Film are available in both languages.
They live in Bangalore and other areas in the south Indian state of Karnataka.
Most Korama Kunchi people live in poverty. Today most of them work as landless farm workers, weavers of baskets and makers of bamboo items. The Korama still do fortune telling, work with bamboo, weave mats and make tattoos. Some are day laborers in agriculture and construction. They have a challenging time trying to overcome their reputation for criminality.
Cross-cousin marriages take place among them and they are endogamous, meaning they prefer marriages to take place within their group.
Though they try to educate their boys, they are less likely to allow their girls to have an education. Their literacy level is on the low side so the gospel will need to be given in oral and visual form.
They are not vegetarians but as Hindus will not eat beef. Their main foods are rice, wheat and vegetables.
The Kunchi Korama people practice Hinduism heavily influenced by folk religion. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. 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 many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.
The main yearly holidays of the Kunchi Korama people are Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama’s birthday.
The Korama need help in gaining new job skills. They also need help in educating their children. Some Korama villages do not have electricity so solar panels would benefit them. Many lack access to clean water and modern medicine. Most of all, the Korama need to hear and understand the message or Jesus Christ. He can forgive their sins and give them new life.
* Scripture Prayers for the Korama Kunchi in India.
* Pray for his kingdom to come and his will to be done among the Kunchi Korama people.
* Pray for a movement of Kunchi Korama households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ.
* Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive the Kunchi Korama people to the arms of Jesus.
* Pray for workers who are filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit to go to the Kunchi Korama people.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||10 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Kannada (52,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||kan Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Kannada
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1823-1995)|
|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 / Bible|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible stories in Kannada|
|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 Kannada|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Mobile App||Download Bible from Google Play Store|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: ಕನ್ನಡ - Kannada|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bibles, Bible League|
|Text / Printed Matter||International Bible Society|
|Text / Printed Matter||OneHope resources for children and youth|
|Text / Printed Matter||Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)|