Kawar in India


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

Subgroups: 7

Subgroup Name Population
Cherua 54,000
Tanwar 41,000
Rathia 24,000
Chanti 200
Dudh 200
Kolhia 200
Paikra 200

Introduction / History

Traditionally the Kawar people were soldiers, but today they are usually involved with agriculture. They are among what the Indian government calls the "scheduled tribes. " Because scheduled tribes are underdeveloped economically, the Indian government has attempted to bring them into the mainstream of political and economic life. The tribes were "scheduled" for special treatment and privileges. The Kawar people are more fortunate than most scheduled tribes. As things go in India, those least fortunate are usually the last to receive help, which goes to those with the best political connections.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Some of the Kawar people have become so absorbed by the cultures of the surrounding peoples that they are no longer considered to be true Kawar. They have completely lost their language and former culture and now speak Hindi instead. Ironically, Kawar "scheduled tribe" members are often landowners. There is a significantly higher standard of living for those who own the land vs. those who are farm laborers. Some of them are also farm laborers or construction workers. Like many other rural peoples, the Kawar have their elders act as community leaders. They settle disputes and maintain social order.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kawar are almost exclusively Hindu. They follow Hindu practices, but still mix their traditional beliefs with their practice of Hinduism.


What Are Their Needs?

Medical facilities among the Kawar are inadequate. Even where the medical personnel are available, medicines, instruments, and essential provisions for the patients are lacking. There is a need for adequate medical equipment and staff, especially for the control of sexually transmitted diseases, leprosy and other communicable diseases.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Kawar in India.

Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Kawar people teachable and understanding hearts. Pray that a strong movement of the Holy Spirit will bring entire Kawar families into a rich experience of God’s blessing. Pray for Kawar 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 Kawar family leaders to experience God’s blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Kawar
People Name in Country Kawar
Population this Country 1,165,000
Population all Countries 1,170,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 23
Alternate Names Cherwa; Kamari; Kanwar; Kanware; Kaoar; Kaur; Kauraw; Kauri; Kawali; कवर
People ID 17122
ROP3 Code 112468
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 11
Largest States
Chhattisgarh
1,073,000
Maharashtra
31,000
Madhya Pradesh
22,000
West Bengal
15,000
Jharkhand
12,000
Odisha
6,200
Tripura
3,600
Bihar
1,600
Assam
200
Andaman and Nicobar
100
Goa
70
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 11
  Chhattisgarh 1,073,000
  Maharashtra 31,000
  Madhya Pradesh 22,000
  West Bengal 15,000
  Jharkhand 12,000
  Odisha 6,200
  Tripura 3,600
  Bihar 1,600
  Assam 200
  Andaman and Nicobar 100
  Goa 70
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (518,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 47
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Chhattisgarhi
438,000
Bengali
15,000
Marathi
9,700
Sadri
6,400
Odia
3,400
Telugu
1,800
Kurux
1,500
Halbi
1,200
Bhili
1,100
Sadri, Oraon
600
Gujarati
500
Bhatri
500
Maithili
400
Korwa
300
Punjabi, Eastern
300
Primary Language Hindi (518,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 47
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Chhattisgarhi 438,000
  Bengali 15,000
  Marathi 9,700
  Sadri 6,400
  Odia 3,400
  Telugu 1,800
  Kurux 1,500
  Halbi 1,200
  Bhili 1,100
  Sadri, Oraon 600
  Gujarati 500
  Bhatri 500
  Maithili 400
  Korwa 300
  Punjabi, Eastern 300
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1835-2012)
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
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.12 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.33 %
Islam
0.12 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.04 %
Unknown
0.37 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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