Godra in India

The Godra have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

Traditionally the Godra people were hunters and gatherers. They live in India's eastern state Odisha, where the key trade language is Oriya. They speak Oriya at home.


What Are Their Lives Like?

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.


What Are Their Beliefs?

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.


What Are Their Needs?

The Godra people need the chance to hear and respond to the life-changing gospel. As it stands, they are entirely Hindu, and it's a stigma to accept Jesus on his terms.


Prayer Points

Pray that these people will give Jesus Christ their entire devotion and obedience.

Pray for their communities to be saturated with Christian materials in their Oriya language and their hearts to be open to truth.

Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers who can help the Godra learn new job skills so they can have a better economic tomorrow.


Scripture Prayers for the Godra in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Godra
People Name in Country Godra
Population this Country 4,100
Population all Countries 4,100
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Godri; गोड्रा
People ID 16849
ROP3 Code 112130
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 3
Largest States
Odisha
3,900
West Bengal
70
Jharkhand
30
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 3
  Odisha 3,900
  West Bengal 70
  Jharkhand 30
Website South Asia Peoples
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 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Odia (3,200 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Hindi
100
Bengali
60
Primary Language Odia (3,200 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 100
  Bengali 60
People Groups Speaking Odia
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more