Goriya, Hindu traditions in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Goriya who are also called Gaur are fishermen and boatmen who live in Uttar Pradesh in India. They are found mainly in Faizabad, Janupur, Sultanpur and Varanasi in the east. The Goriya speak Awadhi and also speak Hindi. They read and write in Devanagari. They will not accept food from lower castes but accept food from castes higher than what they are.

The Goriya also work as farmers, laborers and in other jobs. Some own small businesses. They eat poultry, fish, mutton and pork. Because of their Hindu religion they do not eat beef. They also eat wheat and rice, seasonal vegetables, fruit, milk and dairy products for example. The men sometimes drink alcohol but the women do not. Literacy is poor, especially for the girls. (So there is a need for the gospel to be given in oral form too). They use modern medicines as well as native medicines.

Marriages are arranged by parents and families and only happen in the community. Child marriages, though common, are lessening. Divorce is allowed and divorcees and the bereaved can marry again. A widower marrying the younger sister of his late wife and a widow marrying the younger brother of her late husband takes place too. Property that is of the father is given equally, though only to the sons. Men are in charge but women are valued. Besides doing housework, women help their husbands on the farm, collect fuel, carry water and their opinions are listened to. They are very much involved in religious rites and social occasions. The Goriya sing folk songs and have traditional councils that have control in social matters.

The Goriya are Hindus and have many gods that they worship. They also worship family, village and regional gods. Ancestors are worshipped too. They believe in the occult and in reincarnation. They celebrate most Hindu festivals.

Brahmin priests perform birth, marriage and death rituals. A set period of birth pollution takes place until the priest does a purification ritual and the newborn baby is named. Head shaving ceremonies are performed for boys and girls. The Goriya dead are cremated and they have a thirteen day death pollution period. Then there is a ceremony and they give a feast for the peace of the bereaved person.

The Goriya are classed among the lower castes. Domination by higher castes has "scarred" them even to this day.

Prayer Points

* Please pray that Christians go to the Goriya in friendship and love and give them the gospel message.



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People Name General Goriya, Hindu traditions
People Name in Country Goriya, Hindu traditions
Population in India 333,000
World Population 334,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Gore
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Goriya, Hindu traditions
Ethnic Code CNN25g
People ID 16861
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (333,000)
Total States on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (333,000)
Languages & Dialects on file:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (201,000) Awadhi (97,000) Kanauji (21,000) Bhojpuri (7,500)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 201,000 Awadhi 97,000
Kanauji 21,000 Bhojpuri 7,500
For Primary Language: Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Christ for the Nations Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Film / Video
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
Hindi Bible Text / Printed Matter
Hindi Bible stories Audio Recordings
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Hindi Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
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Ethnic Religions
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100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
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Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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