Godda in India

Joshua Project has identified the Godda only in India
Population
6,500
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Godda people live mainly in Karnataka, but many of them also live in two of India's other southern states, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. In Karnataka, their name means "barren," and the name they use in Tamil Nadu means "cattle." Most of them are involved with agriculture, and they are landless. Some work as stone-cutters, rickshaw drivers, lumberjacks, construction workers, wood carvers, and beedi (cigarette) rollers.

Their families are usually nuclear. Girls get married at about 16 and boys get married at about 18. Commonly and young man will marry a cousin. If his wife dies, he often marries her younger sister. Women contribute to the family income. The main marriage rituals involve worshipping family deities.

For a rural people group in India the Godda people have a high literacy rate. They have benefitted from modern medicine, water projects, electricity, roads, postal service, and government programs.


What Are Their Beliefs?

These Hindus worship Jasma Devi as their patron deity. They worship many spirit beings, but Jesus Christ is not part of their world.


Prayer Points

Pray that Jesus will soon become the only object of their devotion.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

People Name General Godda
People Name in Country Godda
Population in India 6,500
World Population 6,500
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Avulavaru, Dravida Avula, Goddar, Vaddi, गोड्डा
People ID 16846
ROP3 Code 112127
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 5
Largest States
Karnataka
(3,700)
Tamil Nadu
(2,400)
Kerala
(300)
Andhra Pradesh
(100)
Puducherry
(20)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 5
  Karnataka (3,700)
  Tamil Nadu (2,400)
  Kerala (300)
  Andhra Pradesh (100)
  Puducherry (20)
Website South Asia Peoples

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Ethnologue Language Map
Ethnolinguistic map or other map

Primary Language Kannada (2,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Telugu
(1,800)
Tulu
(1,800)
Tamil
(600)
Malayalam
(90)
People Groups Speaking Kannada
Primary Language Kannada (2,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Telugu (1,800)
  Tulu (1,800)
  Tamil (600)
  Malayalam (90)
People Groups Speaking Kannada

Primary Language:  Kannada

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1812-1988)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1823-1995)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1831-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings Kannada Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Kannada
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 Kannada
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter International Bible Society
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
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 %
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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