Ghogia in India

The Ghogia have only been reported in India
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Introduction / History

Nila's wrinkled hands clacked the loom against the fabric throwing first one color and then another into the pattern of the cloth. When she finished her work, the Belai woman pulled up two chairs, and called her grandson to come and listen to her. She said, "You children spend far less time working than we ever did. India did not have child labor laws that they are beginning to talk about now. We were isolated, because the caste Hindus thought our presence would contaminate them. We could not even share water sources with others. Water was poured into a separate bamboo tube for us. We had to listen from outside the school, for we were not allowed inside. We were not allowed to go into the Hindu temples. You have it so easy now!"

What Are Their Lives Like?

Though these traditional weavers have lost their livelihood to factories, most are living better than they did before India's independence in 1947. Many are able to make a living off of the land the Indian government has given them. Some Belais, whose name means "messenger," are acquiring education and government jobs. However, there is no spiritual progress among these 775,000 people. They are still worshiping a myriad of Hindu gods and goddesses, and are separated from the One True God.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Ghogia in India.

* Pray that the Belai people will have access to the good news of Jesus Christ and be raised up spiritually.
* Pray that they will accept Him and truly become messengers of Christ.

Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-09-16
People Name General Ghogia
People Name in Country Ghogia
World Population 800
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Belai; Gouda Ghogia; घोगिया
People ID 16827
ROP3 Code 112097
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Odisha 800
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Odia (800 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Odia (800 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Odia

Primary Language:  Odia

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1811-1956)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1809-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1815-2004)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Odia
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (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: ODIA - Oriya
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.