Kapu Reddi in India

Kapu Reddi
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Map Source:  People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Kapu Reddi
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 4,309,000
World Population: 4,309,000
Primary Language: Telugu
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 - Kapu
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Kapu is a word that means "farmer." The Reddi Kapu people of south India are descendants of nobles, officers and soldiers of the Reddy dynasty, who ruled South India in the late Middle Ages. The main language of the Reddi Kapu is Telugu.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Today The Reddi Kapu make up a caste of prosperous farmers, businessmen and politicians. Many government leaders and wealthy businessmen of the south Indian states are Kapu Reddi.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Reddi Kapu 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 prestige and power of the Kapu Reddi may be an obstacle in their coming to Christ. This people held out against Muslim attacks for hundreds of years, which reinforced their identity as Hindus. Bibles, literature and radio programs are available in Telugu. Churches exist in the regions of south India where the Kapu Reddi live.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Kapu Reddi people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.

Pray for the Lord to give them an abundant harvest this year as a testimony of his power and love.

Pray for Kapu Reddi families to be drawn to the Bible to find out more about God's son.

Pray for a movement to Jesus to multiply among Kapu Reddi families and communities.

Text Source:   Joshua Project