Kota in India

The Kota have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

Kota is one of the 19 indigenous people groups in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Their population is small, less than 1000 people. They live only in seven villages scattered around the Nilgiris District. Many of the Kota are unable to read and write. A small fraction of the Kota claim to be followers of Jesus Christ. The Kota have their own language of Kota. Some men speak Tamil and Kannada to be able to communicate with outsiders.


What Are Their Lives Like?

These rural people have millet and rice as their staple foods. Their diet also consists of tamarind juice, vegetables, eggs, chicken, and mutton. The main occupations of the Kota are agriculture and animal husbandry. They add to their diet by fishing and hunting. Elders settle legal disputes and promote their interests.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kota people have both a mother goddess and a father god who they worship. They have their own religious festivals. The Kota consider themselves to be Hindus. However, a Brahmin priest would see them more as animists than Hindu. Some Kota have shown interest in the gospel. Since the late 1840s the gospel was introduced to them by Basel German Evangelical Mission. The Church of England, the Zenana Missionary Society and (from 1935) Freewill Baptist missionary Miss. Laura Belle Barnard, from the U. S. tried to reach this particular people group around Kotagiri in the Nilgiris District. Though missionaries and Christian workers tried their best to present Christ for the past 175 years through various ways and means, the Kotas have been mostly unresponsive to the gospel.


What Are Their Needs?

The Hindu Kota people need to experience abundant life that only Jesus Christ can offer their community. They need to see God's love demonstrated to them in practical ways. Many Kota lack access to modern medicine, electricity, indoor plumbing, and schools for their children.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Kota in India.

Ask the Lord to provide the Kota with their physical needs by using God's people. Pray for a disciple making movement among the Kota people this decade. Pray for the Lord to send out workers to the Kota people to show them God's love for them.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Kota
People Name in Country Kota
Population this Country 700
Population all Countries 700
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Kohatur; Kotar; Koter; Kotha; Kuof; कोटा
People ID 19019
ROP3 Code 114949
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 4
Largest States
Tamil Nadu
400
Karnataka
200
Kerala
100
Telangana
50
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 4
  Tamil Nadu 400
  Karnataka 200
  Kerala 100
  Telangana 50
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Kota (200 speakers)
Language Code kfe   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
Kannada
200
Tamil
200
Telugu
80
Tulu
40
Malayalam
40
Kodava
Marathi Bengali
Primary Language Kota (200 speakers)
Language Code kfe   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
  Kannada 200
  Tamil 200
  Telugu 80
  Tulu 40
  Malayalam 40
  Kodava 10
  Marathi 10
  Bengali 0
People Groups Speaking Kota

Primary Language:  Kota

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Needed

Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
1.81 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
98.05 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.14 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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