Kavuthiyan in India

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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Kavuthiyan
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 35,000
World Population: 35,000
Primary Language: Malayalam
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 Hindu - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
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Introduction / History

The Kavuthiyan people probably migrated to southern India from Sri Lanka hundreds of years ago.

Where Are they Located?

They people live in the Malabar region of Kerala state in southwestern India.

What Are Their Lives Like?

As Hindu barbers, the Kavuthiyan people have low status. They are fortunate to have Other Backward Caste status, which is higher than most other barber castes. Like most other communities in Kerala, they speak Malayalam.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kavuthiyan 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 Kavuthiyan 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 Kavuthiyan people need the opportunity to get advanced education so they can rise above their humble state.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Kavuthiyan people teachable and understanding hearts.
Pray that a strong movement of the Holy Spirit will bring entire Kavuthiyan families into a rich experience of God's blessing.
Pray for Kavuthiyan families to be drawn by the Holy Spirit to seek forgiveness, and to understand the adequacy of Christ's work on the cross.
Pray for teams of believers to do sustained, focused prayer for the Lord to open the hearts of Kavuthiyan family leaders to experience God's blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.

Text Source:   Keith Carey