Madasi Kuruva in India

Madasi Kuruva
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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Madasi Kuruva
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 9,800
World Population: 9,800
Primary Language: Telugu
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 Madasi Kuruva community has always been a sheep herding community. There is controversy regarding whether they are a scheduled caste or a "backward" caste. Either way, they have low status. They live in southeastern India, specifically the states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telengana. They speak Telugu.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Madasi Kuruva people are still sheep herders.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Madasi Kuruva 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 Madasi Kuruva people need to put their hope in the King of kings, realizing that he is the one who gives them worth and dignity.

Prayer Points

Pray for loving workers to take the gospel message to the Madasi Kuruva community.

Pray the Lord will prepare the hearts of the Madasi Kuruva to understand and to believe the gospel.

Pray for the Lord to bless the Madasi Kuruva people with adequate education and medical facilities.

Pray for the Lord to bless the Madasi Kuruva people so abundantly that they will see he is the only one worthy of praise and worship.

Text Source:   Joshua Project