Introduction / History
The 1,000 Garmatang people of India's western state of Gujarat consider themselves to be priests for certain other Dalit communities. Though they have been priests in the past, most of them are now agricultural laborers, wage laborers, or petty traders.
What Are Their Lives Like?
They still practice child marriage. Most of the time their marriages are monogamous, and they prefer to marry cross-cousins. They sometimes have a bride price (where the groom's family pays the bride's family) or dowries (where the bride's family pays the groom's family). Under certain circumstances they allow for divorce. Divorced people are allowed to remarry.
What Are Their Beliefs?
These Hindus worship their ancestors, but their principle deity is Ganapati or Ganesh. They also worship Rama, Krishna, Hanumanji, Sitla mat and other Hindu deities.
* Pray that they will taste and see that the Lord is good in such a powerful way that they will forsake all other gods. There are many Christian resources in Gujarati, the Garmatang's primary language.
* Pray that they will have easy access to Gujarati Bibles, films, and audio recordings.
|Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey|