Goanese in Canada


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Ancient Hindu literature refers to Goa as, "the Paradise of India." In the third century BC, Goa was part of the Mauryan Empire. When that empire declined it was taken over by a series of regional Hindu dynasties. Goa was held by either Hindu or Muslim empires until being conquered by the Portuguese in 1510. In the 1500s, St. Francis Xavier, a Roman Catholic saint, worked among the Goanese, winning a high percentage of them to Catholicism. The Portuguese held onto Goa for over 400 years. It remained with the Portuguese even after India’s independence in 1947 but was finally annexed by India in 1961. At that time a large number of Goanese left India for either former British or former Portuguese colonies. Those countries include Mozambique, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Canada, Kenya, Uganda and Australia.


What Are Their Lives Like?

No matter where they live, Konkani speakers read the “Goanese Voice,” to stay abreast of what is happening in Goa. One can find Goanese in any number of professions. They can be oil workers, sailors, shop owners or medical doctors. Goanese restaurants are popular in Canada.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Having a strong Portuguese influence, the Goanese are usually Roman Catholic. The gospel is strongest among them in Uganda.


What Are Their Needs?

The Goanese need to put all their hope and faith in Jesus Christ no matter where they live.


Prayer Points

Pray for a Holy Spirit-led revival among Goanese people all over the world, drawing them to the only savior.
Pray for Goanese disciples to make disciples of both Hindus and marginal Roman Catholics.
Pray for the Goanese to feel God’s presence and mercy as they go about their daily business.


Scripture Prayers for the Goanese in Canada.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goans
https://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/goans
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/goa/goans-in-canada-a-likely-tourism-mkt/articleshow/6550354.cms#:~:text=%22We%20found%20that%20Canada%20has,to%20Canada%2C%22%20Desai%20said.
https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/goan-family-restaurant-is-a-hit-in-canada-it-started-with-butter-chicken-2579173
https://journals.uvic.ca/index.php/ghr/article/view/20028


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Goanese
People Name in Country Goanese
Alternate Names गॉआनएसए
Population this Country 1,800
Population all Countries 781,000
Total Countries 7
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 3
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 5  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 16842
ROP3 Code 104844
ROP25 Code 302720
ROP25 Name Goan
Country Canada
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Canada
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
Unknown
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.00 %)
91.00 %
Ethnic Religions
9.00 %
Hinduism
Unknown
Islam
Unknown
Non-Religious
Unknown
Other / Small
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Primary Language Konkani, Goan (1,800 speakers)
Language Code gom   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Konkani, Goan (1,800 speakers)
Language Code gom   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Konkani, Goan
Photo Source krasnokub - Pixabay 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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