Gujarati in Maldives


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest Maldives census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

You may have heard of the Maldives Islands. But do you know where this island nation is located? Maldives, officially the Republic of Maldives, is a small island state in South Asia, situated in the Arabian Sea of the Indian Ocean. It lies southwest of Sri Lanka and India, about 700 kilometers from the Asian continent's mainland. The country consists of 1192 islands. Of these 185 are inhabited. The last Buddhist king of the Maldives converted to Islam in 1153. Later the Maldives were colonies of Portugal, the Netherlands and Great Britain. The Maldives became an independent from the UK in 1953. The Maldives is the lowest nation in the world with an average height of only 2.4 meters. Rising sea levels pose a threat to the existence of the islands. It is estimated that the inhabited islands may have to be evacuated by 2100 if present trends continue. The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami devasted the low-lying islands drowning many and doing millions of dollars of damage. The Gujaratis are known as the best businesspersons and industrialists in India. Mahatma Gandhi, the father of India and Mohammed Jinnah, the father of Pakistan, were Gujaratis. Many Gujaratis migrated to other parts of the world during the time of the British empire. Some found their way to the Maldives Islands.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Fishing is the main industry of the islands. Gujarati people are involved in the catching, selling and exporting of fish. Unfortunately, the number of fish in Maldivian waters is declining due to the industrial fishing methods of European, Chinese, Japanese and Korean fishermen. Tourism is the second leading industry in the Maldives. The islands boast of 134 resorts and hotels. Swimming, scuba diving, sports fishing and bar hopping are popular among the tourists who visit the Maldives. Wealthy educated Gujaratis often own and operate the resorts and restaurants. Less wealthy Guaratis serve in the tourist industry. Gujaratis parents strongly encourage their children to marry within their people, culture and religion. Children study the Gujarati language and Hindu faith in Saturday schools. Parents want their children to earn college and professional degrees. The woman has a higher place in the Gujarati home then in most Asian cultures. The father is the head of the family, but the mother holds sway over the children, household and finances.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The large majority of the Gujaratis in the Maldives practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Gujaratis visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hope of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians do with their heavenly Father. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. The main yearly holidays of the Gujarati people are Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the celebration of autumn and Rama Navami, Rama’s birthday. The Gujaratis often celebrate Muslim holidays. A tiny fraction of the Gujaratis claims to be followers of Jesus Christ.


What Are Their Needs?

The Gujaratis of the Maldives need to understand that material success will not gain them the peace of mind and happiness they seek. Jesus Christ is much more than another Hindu god or guru. He is the Lord and Savior of the world.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Gujarati in Maldives.

Ask the Lord to send workers to share the good news with the Gujaratis of the Maldives. Pray the believers on the islands build relationships with the Gujaratis in order to introduce them to Christ. Pray the Gujarati leaders and heads of families would come to know the Savior. Pray for the Lord to raise up a Disciple Making Movement among the Gujaratis of the Maldives in this decade.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-10-26
People Name General Gujarati
People Name in Country Gujarati
Population this Country 1,100
Population all Countries 3,317,000
Total Countries 29
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bajania; Gujarani; Indo-Pakistani; Karana; Parsi; Shahinshahi; Zarabe; Zardasht; Zarushti
People ID 11982
ROP3 Code 103544
Country Maldives
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Maldives
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Gujarati (1,100 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Gujarati (1,100 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Gujarati

Primary Language:  Gujarati

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1809-1965)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1820-1985)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1823-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Gujarati
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ગુજરાતી - Gujarati
Text / Printed Matter Father's Love Letter
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter Online New Testament (Bibles India)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Maldives census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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