Matia in India



Population

177,000

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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Introduction

The Matia (or Matya) people are a tribal group who have long been farmers. They are subdivided into three sub-groups, which are divided into clans, which are further divided into lineages. The lineages regulate marriage alliances. Preferred marriage partners are first cousins. Literacy rates are quite low. The Matia worship the village deity Thakurani and celebrate the festivals Dhunauakhia and Dual Dei.


Ministry Obstacles

Lack of prayer and lack of workers remain as serious deficiencies to the advance of the good news about Jesus throughout South Asia.


Outreach Ideas

Low literacy rates mean the Gospel message needs to come primarily in oral form. Perhaps the Lord will send workers who know how to tell stories from scripture. They live in Bangladesh and Bhutan (a tiny group in Bhutan), as well as in India.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

A few of the Matia have reported themselves as Christians to the census of India. Please pray for these Christians, that they will understand the distinction between a cultural or nominal Christian and one who has entered into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. Pray they will become real disciples of Jesus, living holy lives in the power of the Lord's Spirit.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray for improved literacy rates, for better medical care, and for an improved standard of living for this community. Pray especially for the youth to have better access to schools and for parents to make schooling a priority for their children.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Matia
People Name in Country Matia
Population in India 177,000
World Population 217,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Mati Bhumia, Mati Bhumiya, Mattia, Mattiya, Matya
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Name General Matia
Ethnic Code CNN25b
People ID 17466
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  19  (up to 20 largest shown)
West Bengal (154,000) Odisha (19,000) Jharkhand (1,900) Tripura (1,600)
Andaman and Nicobar (700) Bihar (400) Delhi (400) Chhattisgarh (300)
Meghalaya (200) Uttar Pradesh (100) Mizoram (100) Maharashtra (90)
Madhya Pradesh (80) Nagaland (50) Uttarakhand (50) Arunachal Pradesh (40)
Manipur (20) Telangana (10) Andhra Pradesh (0)
Total States on file:  19  (up to 20 largest shown)
West Bengal (154,000) Odisha (19,000)
Jharkhand (1,900) Tripura (1,600)
Andaman and Nicobar (700) Bihar (400)
Delhi (400) Chhattisgarh (300)
Meghalaya (200) Uttar Pradesh (100)
Mizoram (100) Maharashtra (90)
Madhya Pradesh (80) Nagaland (50)
Uttarakhand (50) Arunachal Pradesh (40)
Manipur (20) Telangana (10)
Andhra Pradesh (0)
Languages & Dialects on file:  23  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bengali (155,000) Oriya (11,000) Hindi (4,500) Telugu (4,200)
Koda (600) Pengo (600) Bhatri (400) Kurux (400)
Santhali (300) Kok Borok: Jamatia (200) Chhattisgarhi (100) Munda (100)
Maithili (100) Ho (100) Kuvi (100) Mundari (50)
Koya (40) Naga, Tangkhul (10) Panjabi, Eastern (10) Malayalam
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bengali 155,000 Oriya 11,000
Hindi 4,500 Telugu 4,200
Koda 600 Pengo 600
Bhatri 400 Kurux 400
Santhali 300 Kok Borok: Jamatia 200
Chhattisgarhi 100 Munda 100
Maithili 100 Ho 100
Kuvi 100 Mundari 50
Koya 40 Naga, Tangkhul 10
Panjabi, Eastern 10 Malayalam 10
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1800-1980)
New Testament Yes   (1801-1984)
Complete Bible Yes   (1809-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Bengali Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Bengali Language Film
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video General Ministry Resources
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.01 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.97 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.02 %
Photo Source: Isudas   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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