Gandia, Odisha in India

Joshua Project has identified the Gandia, Odisha only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Koya live along the banks of the River Godavari in the Kammam district of Andhra Pradesh. They are also found in the states of Orissa and Chattisgarh.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They are mainly agriculturalists but also work as daily labourers when they do not have work in their fields. They used to be primitive and often isolated, but of late they are slowly merging with mainstream Indian society and are seeing much development.

The Koya love socialising. They make use of every opportunity to meet their friends and relatives. A weekly market in each locality draws many people for this purpose, not just for selling and buying. Young boys and girls also use these socialising events to choose their life partners.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Koyas were originally animistic in faith, but now take pride in a Hindu identity. During the early years of Christian work among the Koya, those who became Christians faced much opposition from the community. Actions against them included excommunication from the community and denial of access to the water source. Over a period of time, Christian Koya became accepted, though they mingle with others only during social gatherings, not for Koya religious festivals.

Several Christian organisations are working among the Koya, providing literacy, medical and community development services along with evangelistic outreach. Several Koya churches have been established and many Koya Christians are being equipped through short-term Bible Schools to be evangelists in their own community.

The New Testament is translated and available in the Koya language. Old Testament translation is in progress. Koya songs and study materials are resources also available as audio cassettes and CDs. Although there are many Koya Christian workers and resources, many more Christian workers are needed. Pray that God will send additional workers for the growing ministry among the Koya.

What Are Their Needs?

The Government has done much to improve the living conditions of Koyas. Their traditional mud houses with thatched roofs have been replaced by tiled or concrete roofed houses and some have their own private toilet facilities.

Prayer Points

* Effective use of the translated New Testament in Koya churches and in the personal lives of Koya Christians.
* Completion and distribution of audio recordings of the Koya New Testament.
* The trial printing of the Book of Psalms.
* A training facility for mother tongue translators for the OT project.
* The literacy classes to increase reading of Scripture personally and in the churches.

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Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Gandia, Odisha
People Name in Country Gandia, Odisha
Population in India 5,300
World Population 5,300
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Gond
People Name General Gandia, Odisha
Ethnic Code AUG06b
People ID 19045
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 (5,300)
Total States on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Odisha (5,300)

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Languages & Dialects on file:  21  (up to 20 largest shown)
Koya (1,900) Oriya (1,200) Gondi, Northern (800) Munda (200)
Hindi (100) Ho (100) Mundari (90) Kharia (70)
Juang (70) Santhali (40) Bengali (30) Kuvi (30)
Naga, Inpui: Naga, Kabui (20) Duruwa (20) Gadaba, Bodo (20) English (20)
Gadaba, Pottangi Ollar (10) Naga, Khezha (10) Kolami, Southeastern Koda
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Koya 1,900 Oriya 1,200
Gondi, Northern 800 Munda 200
Hindi 100 Ho 100
Mundari 90 Kharia 70
Juang 70 Santhali 40
Bengali 30 Kuvi 30
Naga, Inpui: Naga, Kabui 20 Duruwa 20
Gadaba, Bodo 20 English 20
Gadaba, Pottangi Ollar 10 Naga, Khezha 10
Kolami, Southeastern 0 Koda 0
For Primary Language: Koya

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1882-1889)
New Testament Yes   (1997-2004)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
God's Story Video Film / Video
Jesus Film: view in Koya Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.67 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
98.94 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.39 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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