Karan in India

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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Karan
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 627,000
World Population: 627,000
Primary Language: Odia
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.13 %
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
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Kayastha or Karan of India has its origins from a word meaning writer or scribe, which is their traditional occupation.

In Odisha, the Kayastha live in Cuttack and other regions. They speak, read and write in Odia. In West Bengal, the Karan are mainly in the Midnapur district. They speak, read and write in Bengali. In Bihar they speak Maithili and Hindi and read and write in Devanagari.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They work mainly in agriculture, and most are landowners. They are not vegetarians.

They have cross-cousin marriages which involve a dowry. Widows can marry again. They have a good literacy level and use modern medicines and family planning.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Karan 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.

Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like 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 Karan people need to put their hope and identity in the King of kings and Lord of lords.

Prayer Points

Pray that gospel materials will bring the Kayastha to Jesus Christ.

Pray that persistent Indian Christians will help lead them to a movement to Christ.

Pray for an abundant harvest for their crops this year as a testimony of his power and mercy.

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