Prajapat Kumhar in India

The Prajapat Kumhar have only been reported in India
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Largest Religion
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

A Kumhar legend says that "once Brahma divided sugarcane among his sons and each of them ate his share, but the Kumhara who was greatly absorbed in his work, forgot to eat. The piece which he had kept near his clay lump struck root and soon grew into a sugarcane plant. A few days later, when Brahma asked his sons for sugarcane, none of them could give it to him, excepting the Kumhara who offered a full plant. Brahma was pleased by the devotion of the potter to his work."

The Kumhars are the communities that traditionally made pottery and other clay goods for sale. They also made toys and even Hindu idols with clay or terracotta.

They have low caste status, though they are certainly not at the bottom of the Hindu pecking order.

There are a couple of Kumhar communities, one of which is called Prajapat. This subgroup lives in Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Punjab.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Those who remain potters sell their good locally, but the more fortunate have found international markets. It is very hard for these hard working people to make a living as potters. Therefore, a good percentage of them have gravitated to farming and animal husbandry.

Men dominate in the Prajapat Kumhar social structure. Men get credit for the goods they produce even when the wife does a large share of the work. Kumhar girls marry young and seldom get much education.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Prajapat Kumhar are Hindu and pray to the Lord Shiva, the destroyer god, and Goddess Mother Mata.


What Are Their Needs?

Prajapat Kumhars need to learn new job skills. They need good schools for their children. Education is a challenge for the Kumhar since many of them lead nomadic lives. Children often quit school after a few years to help their parents earn a living. The Kumhar frequently lack access to modern medicine and clean water.

Believers can offer them Global Recordings Network materials and Scriptures in Use materials so they can listen to God's word as they work. God's word does not return void!


Prayer Points

Since there are no known believers among the Prajapat Kumhars, pray that they will hear and respond to the Lord's voice.

Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Prajapat Kumhar communities.

Pray that Prajapat Kumhar council leaders will come to Christ and lead others to him.

Pray that the church around the world will remember the Kumhar communities in intercession.


Scripture Prayers for the Kumhar Prajapat in India.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kumhar

https://www.indianetzone.com/49/kumhar.htm


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Kumhar Prajapat
People Name in Country Kumhar Prajapat
Natural Name Prajapat Kumhar
Population this Country 51,000
Population all Countries 51,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names कुम्हार प्रजपत
People ID 21178
ROP3 Code 118001
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 2
Largest States
Punjab
43,000
Himachal Pradesh
7,600
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
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 2
  Punjab 43,000
  Himachal Pradesh 7,600
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (28,000 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
Hindi
7,400
Bagri
2,800
Kangri
2,300
Mandeali
1,600
Chambeali
400
Pahari, Mahasu
300
Bilaspuri
200
Pahari, Kullu
60
Kashmiri
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (28,000 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 7,400
  Bagri 2,800
  Kangri 2,300
  Mandeali 1,600
  Chambeali 400
  Pahari, Mahasu 300
  Bilaspuri 200
  Pahari, Kullu 60
  Kashmiri 10
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Eastern

Primary Language:  Punjabi, Eastern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1818-1954)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1815-2011)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1959-2021)
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
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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, complete Bible DAVAR Partners International
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Recorded oral Bible Oral Bibles
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Eyes of the Heart Create International
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Eastern Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Satsung of the Sadguru Jesus Create International
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Who Can Help You? Create International
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Four Spiritual Laws Campus Crusade for Christ
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General Zume Resources Zume Project
General Zume Training Zume Project
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
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