Kapu Reddi Ganjam in India

Kapu Reddi Ganjam
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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Kapu Reddi Ganjam
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 31,000
World Population: 31,000
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

The Ganjam Reddy live in Andhra Pradesh and originally come from Ganjam in Odisha. They speak, read and write in Telugu.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Ganjam Reddy work in cultivation and laboring. Women help in agriculture and with finances. They have a traditional caste council to settle disagreements. Their education level is poor, so the gospel will need to be given in oral form. The Ganjam Reddy prefer cousin marriages, but they are very big on arranged marriages as you can tell by the high number of matrimonial sites. They are monogamous, meaning that marriage is between one man and one woman. The divorced and bereaved are allowed to marry again. On the death of the father, sons inherit the property with the oldest son becoming the new family patriarch.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Ganjam Reddy 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.

What Are Their Needs?

The Ganjam Reddy people need the abundant life that only Jesus offers.

Prayer Points

Pray that the the council leaders come to Jesus Christ and lead their people into a movement to Christ. Pray for spiritual hunger and a willingness to consider the claims of Christ. Pray for workers and intercessors.

Text Source:   Keith Carey