Ghasi, Hindu in India







Largest Religion

Main Language


Profile Source: Joshua Project


The traditional and primary occupation of the Ghasi has been scavenging and agricultural labor, but presently they are engaged in additional lines of work. Some are engaged in service, business, or as musicians. They are a Scheduled Caste. A largely Hinduized community, they worship their ancestors and clan and village deities. They prefer consulting a sorcerer rather than utilizing modern medical facilities. On account of their poor economic condition, the Ghasi do not encourage their children to study beyond primary school. Their literacy rate is low, probably below 30%.

Ministry Obstacles

The low literacy rate of the Ghasi suggests the need for the Gospel to come to them in oral form, as well as in written form.

Outreach Ideas

Pray for workers who know how to communicate using stories from scripture. The languages spoken by these people all have many good resources available, but workers are needed to take these to the people.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

A tiny handful of the Ghasi have identified themselves as Christians to the Indian census. These people need prayer support. Pray their faith will be protected and nurtured. They need encouragement, and they need teachers to help them.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray this poor community of low caste people will be able to gain skills to make them more employable. They very much need to raise their literacy rate. Pray that parents will see the importance of providing a good education for their children.

Profile Source: Joshua Project

People Name General Ghasi, Hindu
People Name in Country Ghasi, Hindu
Population in India 450,000
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Boda Ghasi, Chachandi, Ghai, Ghasia, Ghasiara, Ghasiyara, Ghati, Ghosi, Haddi, Hadi, Lodha Ghasiara, Relli, Sachandi, Sahi, Sanghasi, Sarathi
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Ghasi, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN25c
Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi (144,000) Oriya (105,000) Chhattisgarhi (71,000) Sadri (44,000)
Bengali (38,000) Surgujia (27,000) Kui (5,500) Telugu (4,300)
Bhojpuri (4,000) Mundari: Bhumij (2,100) Kuvi (1,600) Pengo (1,200)
Kurux (1,100) Panjabi, Eastern (1,000) Ho (800) Maithili (800)
Munda (500) Santhali (500) Bilaspuri (500) Marathi (400)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 144,000 Oriya 105,000
Chhattisgarhi 71,000 Sadri 44,000
Bengali 38,000 Surgujia 27,000
Kui 5,500 Telugu 4,300
Bhojpuri 4,000 Mundari: Bhumij 2,100
Kuvi 1,600 Pengo 1,200
Kurux 1,100 Panjabi, Eastern 1,000
Ho 800 Maithili 800
Munda 500 Santhali 500
Bilaspuri 500 Marathi 400
Largest Religion Hinduism
0.01%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
Other / Small
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