Kaibartta in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Subgroups: 8

Subgroup Name Population
Gundi 4,000
Halia Das 4,000
Niali 4,000
Deshi Unknown
Gharberha Unknown
Jethant Unknown
Khania Unknown
Semri Unknown

Introduction / History

The Kaibartta people's primary occupation has been that of fishermen since their earliest days. In fact, their name may have originated from the words "ka", which means water, and "varta" meaning livelihood. Thus, the name of the people group communicates that their livelihood is dependent upon water. Their occupations can serve as a natural bridge to messages of the Bible that speak of fish and fishermen. Jesus called some fishermen to become his evangelistic disciples, and thus fishers of men. Kaibartta live throughout India. Most live in the northeastern states of Assam, West Bengal and Bihar. Bengali, Assamese and Hindi are their main languages. The Kaibartta speak the local languages of where they live. Unfortunately, most Kaibartta are unable to read and write meaning that the gospel will have to be shared with them in oral and visual forms.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Higher caste Indians tend to look down on the Kaibartta due to their illiteracy and poverty. India has numerous castes and some people view the Kaibartta as one of the lowest castes or even outside the caste system. The Kaibartta women do not participate in political or religious activities. Elders make judicial decisions in their communities. Thus, Christians should share the gospel through the men before they do so with the women. Most Kaibartta live in rural villages near bodies of water. These villages often lack access to clean water, electricity and modern medicine. Some Kaibartta have moved to cities hoping the find a better life. Due to their lack of literacy and job skills, the Kaibartta have to take urban jobs that higher caste Indian will not take.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kaibartta are a Hindu people. Their brand of Hinduism is heavily influenced by folk religion. They recognize the existence of the Hindu gods, and even lay claim to one - Vasuli Devi - as their primary Hindu god. Yet, underneath the veneer of Hinduism, the Kaibartta also believe in the existence of evil spirits in nature, and therefore, are rightly considered by some to be animists. The Kaibartta are more fervent in their animistic beliefs than for orthodox Hinduism. Yet, their fervency for Vasuli Devi as well as other spirits ought to suggest that the presentation of the gospel ought to begin with a recognition of spirits and an introduction to the Supreme God of the Bible over these spirits. The Kaibartta dance to show their devotion to Vasuli Devi, their patron god in a yearly April festival. One male and one female dress in colorful attire and sing and dance around a wooden or bamboo horse, which is a symbol of Vasuli Devi. Another dance that is near to the affections of the Kaibartta is a dance that worships boats. The Kaibartta enjoy this dance so much because it does not require the presence of a Brahmin to perform, but also because their main occupation is fishing.


What Are Their Needs?

The Kaibartta face illiteracy, economic deprivation and the legal loss of their fishing rights. Higher caste Hindus are attempting to claim fishing rights over certain rivers and lakes that have belonged to the Kaibartta. Most of all the Kaibartta need to hear and understand the gospel of Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and grant them eternal life.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Kaibartta in India.

* Ask the Lord to deepen the spiritual walk of known Kaibartta believers and lead them to share the gospel with their families and neighbors. * Ask the Lord to raise up trained pastors and Bible teachers among the Kaibartta to lead their believers into spiritual maturity. * Pray that Kaibartta parents are able to provide adequately for their children. * Pray for a disciple making movement to Christ among the Kaibartta this decade.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-03-19
People Name General Kaibartta
People Name in Country Kaibartta
Pronunciation kai-BAR-tah
Population this Country 1,845,000
Population all Countries 2,325,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 37
Alternate Names Adi Kaibartta; Bamunia; Ghunnya; Haridhania; Jala Kaibartta; Jali; Jalia; Jalia Kaibarta; Jalia Kaibartta; Jaliya; Jele; Kaibaratta; Kaibarta; Nadial; Shudra Das; Shudradas; Sudra Das; Tutia; कैबरतता
People ID 17016
ROP3 Code 112347
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 32
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Assam
696,000
West Bengal
584,000
Bihar
265,000
Odisha
121,000
Tripura
108,000
Jharkhand
18,000
Uttar Pradesh
7,100
Nagaland
6,300
Madhya Pradesh
6,300
Maharashtra
5,900
Rajasthan
5,000
Chhattisgarh
4,700
Arunachal Pradesh
4,400
Delhi
4,200
Punjab
2,500
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 32  (only 20 largest shown)
  Assam 696,000
  West Bengal 584,000
  Bihar 265,000
  Odisha 121,000
  Tripura 108,000
  Jharkhand 18,000
  Uttar Pradesh 7,100
  Nagaland 6,300
  Madhya Pradesh 6,300
  Maharashtra 5,900
  Rajasthan 5,000
  Chhattisgarh 4,700
  Arunachal Pradesh 4,400
  Delhi 4,200
  Punjab 2,500
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (768,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 18
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Assamese
618,000
Hindi
234,000
Maithili
111,000
Odia
104,000
Kok Borok
4,300
Magahi
3,600
Angika
700
Andaman Hindi Creole
300
Chhattisgarhi
300
Kanauji
100
Kurux
60
Mundari
60
Bhojpuri
60
Gujarati
30
Santhali
30
Primary Language Bengali (768,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 18
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Assamese 618,000
  Hindi 234,000
  Maithili 111,000
  Odia 104,000
  Kok Borok 4,300
  Magahi 3,600
  Angika 700
  Andaman Hindi Creole 300
  Chhattisgarhi 300
  Kanauji 100
  Kurux 60
  Mundari 60
  Bhojpuri 60
  Gujarati 30
  Santhali 30
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1832-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (Global Recordings Network)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Bangla Version (Faith Comes By Hearing)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (Faith Comes By Hearing)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (Faith Comes By Hearing)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.02 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.08 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.89 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Copyrighted © 2021  Matt Hahnewald - Shutterstock  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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