Kallasari in India

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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Kallasari
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 11,000
World Population: 11,000
Primary Language: Malayalam
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
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Introduction / History

Traditionally the Kallasari people were masons. They have the status of Other Backward Castes, which means they have low status, but they are definitely not at the bottom.

Where Are they Located?

The Kallasari people live in a small area in Kerala, southern India.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Though some Kallasari people are still masons, they have other opportunities in today's India. Their weddings take place at the home of the bride. Floral garlands are prominent in their weddings. Unlike most Hindu communities, the Kallasari people bury their dead rather than cremate them.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kallasari people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. 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 Kallasari 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 Kallasari people need to have the chance to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. There are many strong believers in Kerala who can lead them to the Lord.

Prayer Points

Pray for gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Kallasari people for Jesus and that in God's sovereign timing their hearts would be open and ready to follow Him.
Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group.
Pray for the spiritual lives of the Kallasari people to become fruitful as they follow Christ.
Pray for the lives and culture of the Kallasari people to evidence the rule and reign of the Kingdom of God as they open to the gospel, and for the beauty of Jesus to be seen in them.

Text Source:   Keith Carey