Konda Dhora in India

Konda Dhora
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People Name: Konda Dhora
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 277,000
World Population: 277,000
Primary Language: Telugu
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 2.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Konda Dhora live in the eastern part of India.

What Are Their Lives Like?

In past years their literacy rate was low, but it has improved in recent years. Traditionally, the Konda Dhora practiced settled cultivation, and that remains their primary occupation.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Dhora Konda 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 Konda Dhora speak a number of languages, as do most communities in India. Separate church planting projects may be needed for each language subdivision of the community. Because of their low literacy rate this people group will need to hear the gospel through culturally appropriate music, skits, etc.

Prayer Points

Pray for the several hundred Christians among the Konda Dhora, that they will grow in their devotion to Christ, and will become mature and settled in their faith.

Pray they will be patient with each other, bearing with one another in love.

Pray for this Hindu community to increasingly become aware of their need for forgiveness for their sins, and realize this possibility is offered to their entire community through faith in Christ.

Pray for the Lord to raise up loving ambassadors from among them to other Hindu groups in eastern India.

Text Source:   Joshua Project