The 1,000 Garmatang people of India's western state of Gujarat consider themselves to be priests for certain other Dalit communities. Though they have been priests in the past, most of them are now agricultural laborers, wage laborers, or petty traders.
They still practice child marriage. Most of the time their marriages are monogamous, and they prefer to marry cross-cousins. They sometimes have a bride price (where the groom's family pays the bride's family) or dowries (where the bride's family pays the groom's family). Under certain circumstances they allow for divorce. Divorced people are allowed to remarry.
These Hindus worship their ancestors, but their principle deity is Ganapati or Ganesh. They also worship Rama, Krishna, Hanumanji, Sitla mat and other Hindu deities.
* Pray that they will taste and see that the Lord is good in such a powerful way that they will forsake all other gods. There are many Christian resources in Gujarati, the Garmatang's primary language.
* Pray that they will have easy access to Gujarati Bibles, films, and audio recordings.
|Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey|
|Persecution Rank||17 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Primary Language:||Gujarati (1,000 speakers) People group listing|
|Language Code:||guj Ethnologue Listing|
|Written:||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible Portions||Yes (1809-1965)|
|New Testament||Yes (1820-1985)|
|Complete Bible||Yes (1823-2005)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum of Bible Agencies|
|World Bible Finder|
|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 (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||Following Jesus (India, JF Project)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|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||Gods Simple Plan|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible-in-Your-Language|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bibles, Bible League|
|Text / Printed Matter||Fathers Love Letter|
|Text / Printed Matter||Online Bible (Bibles India)|
|Text / Printed Matter||World Missionary Press Booklets|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|