Mundari in India

Joshua Project has identified the Mundari only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Munda of Bangladesh are part of the larger Munda group, most of whom live in India. Racially the Mundas are proto-Australoid. Within Bangladesh they tend to live in villages which are separate from but near Bengali villages in western Rajshahi division. There are also some Munda living on the tea estates of Sylhet division. The Munda living on the tea estates do manual labor in the tea gardens for a daily wage. Many of those living in Rajshahi division work as seasonal day laborers for Bengali land owners. The Munda in Bangladesh used to own and farm their own land, but in recent years many have lost a lot of their land and now are dependent on the meager daily wages they receive when there is work for day laborers. As a result, many Mundas live day-to-day, waiting to buy their food for the evening until they have received their pay for that day. Thus,
some major needs of the Munda are job skills training and also land rights intervention. The Munda who live in Rajshahi division are primarily Christian, and among the Christians, most are Catholic. A smaller portion of those living on the tea estates of Sylhet division are Christian. Many call themselves Hindu, though they may in actuality follow a traditional religion. Nominalism is prevalent among the Munda of Bangladesh, and an evangelical mission could work to meet not only their physical needs but also their spiritual needs.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Mundari
People Name in Country Mundari
Population in India 46,000
World Population 46,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 2.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Oriya
People Name General Mundari
Ethnic Code CNN25l
People ID 19041
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)
Odisha (46,000)
Total States on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Odisha (46,000)
Languages & Dialects on file:  29  (up to 20 largest shown)
Mundari (19,000) Oriya (11,000) Ho (3,500) Kuvi (3,100)
Munda (2,700) Hindi (2,600) Chhattisgarhi (600) Santhali (400)
Bengali (400) Kurux (200) Kharia (200) Panjabi, Eastern (100)
Telugu (50) Naga, Tase (30) Gadaba, Bodo (20) Halbi (20)
Miju-Mishmi (20) Koya (20) Gadaba, Pottangi Ollar (20) Naga, Mao
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Mundari 19,000 Oriya 11,000
Ho 3,500 Kuvi 3,100
Munda 2,700 Hindi 2,600
Chhattisgarhi 600 Santhali 400
Bengali 400 Kurux 200
Kharia 200 Panjabi, Eastern 100
Telugu 50 Naga, Tase 30
Gadaba, Bodo 20 Halbi 20
Miju-Mishmi 20 Koya 20
Gadaba, Pottangi Ollar 20 Naga, Mao 10
For Primary Language: Mundari

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1876-1965)
New Testament Yes   (1895-2001)
Complete Bible Yes   (1910-2002)
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
God's Story Video Film / Video
Jesus Film: view in Mundari Film / Video
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
11.56 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
85.03 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.02 %
3.38 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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