Karua in India

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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Karua
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 8,700
World Population: 8,700
Primary Language: Odia
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Karua people live in Bihar and Odisha. They speak Hindi and read and write in Devanagari.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Karua work as scavengers, in industry, some have small businesses, and some work for the government. They do not own land. The boys are educated. The Karua prefer marriages between cousins. Most of them have monogamous marriages, between one man and one woman. Divorce is allowed if the elders approve.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Karua 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?

The Karua people need the opportunity to get the kinds of jobs and education that will allow them to advance and contribute more to Indian society.

Prayer Points

Pray that Indian believers help them begin their own movement to Christ. Pray for intercessors and workers. Pray that gospel recordings and the JESUS Film become easily available to them.

Text Source:   Keith Carey