The 5,400 Godra people live in India's eastern state Odisha, where the key trade language is Oriya. They speak Oriya at home.
Traditionally they were hunters and gatherers, but because of deforestation, they now eke out a living by making baskets out of bamboo or working as wage laborers. Needless to say, basket makers don't make much money, and the Godra people are very poor. Their children rarely make it past primary education, and their literacy rate is low, helping to ensure that their poverty will continue for years to come.
At the village level, Godras are governed by a council called jati samaj. This council is headed by a chief known as behera. When settling disputes, the behera is assisted by community elders. A step above the village council is the regional council.
Their marriages are monogamous, and they don't allow for divorce. They practice adult marriage. All sons have equal inheritance, but the oldest son succeeds his father as head. A man is given permission to marry the younger sister of his deceased wife, and a woman is permitted to marry the younger brother of her deceased husband. People acquire a spouse through negotiations, though sometimes the couple decides for themselves that they should marry.
These Hindus service and worship family, clan, village, and regional deities. They also worship certain Hindu gods such as Lakshmi and Durga. They have their own priests and sacred specialists, though they sometimes employ sacred specialists from other communities for life cycle ceremonies.
* Pray that these people will abandon all their other gods and give Jesus Christ their entire devotion and obedience.
* Pray for their communities to be saturated with Christian materials in their Oriya language.
|Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest|
|People Name General||Godra|
|People Name in Country||Godra|
|Population in India||5,800|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1 to 2|
|Unengaged||Yes (per Finishing the Task)|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Alternate Names||Godri, गोड्रा|
|Persecution Rank||15 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||3|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Odia (5,300 speakers)|
|Language Code||ory Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Odia|
Primary Language: Odia
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1809-2000)|
|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 (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||Gods Simple Plan|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible-in-Your-Language|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bibles, Bible League|
|Text / Printed Matter||OneHope resources for children and youth|
|Text / Printed Matter||Online Bible (Bibles India)|
|Text / Printed Matter||World Missionary Press Booklets|