Kunchi Korama in India

The Korama Kunchi have only been reported in India
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Main Language
Largest Religion
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

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.


Where Are they Located?

They live in Bangalore and other areas in the south Indian state of Karnataka.


What Are Their Lives Like?

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.


What Are Their Beliefs?

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.


What Are Their Needs?

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.


Prayer Points

* 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.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17270/IN


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Korama Kunchi
People Name in Country Korama Kunchi
Natural Name Kunchi Korama
World Population 51,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names कोरमा कुंची
People ID 21483
ROP3 Code 118301
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)
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 1
  Karnataka 51,000
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Kannada (52,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Kurumba, Kannada
800
Tamil
Primary Language Kannada (52,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Kurumba, Kannada 800
  Tamil 0
People Groups Speaking Kannada

Primary Language:  Kannada

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1812-1988)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1823-1995)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1827-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Virtual Storehouse
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
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)
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.
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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