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.
* Scripture Prayers for the Garmatang in India.
* 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|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||10 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Gujarati (300 speakers)|
|Language Code||guj Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Gujarati
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1820-1985)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|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||God's Simple Plan|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Mobile App||Download Bible from Google Play Store|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: ગુજરાતી - Gujarati|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bibles, Bible League|
|Text / Printed Matter||Father's Love Letter|
|Text / Printed Matter||OneHope resources for children and youth|