Goriya (Hindu traditions) in Nepal

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Introduction / History

The Goriya who are also called Gaur are fishermen and boatmen who live in Uttar Pradesh in India. They are found mainly in Faizabad, Janupur, Sultanpur and Varanasi in the east. The Goriya speak Awadhi and also speak Hindi. They read and write in Devanagari. They will not accept food from lower castes but accept food from castes higher than what they are.

The Goriya also work as farmers, laborers and in other jobs. Some own small businesses. They eat poultry, fish, mutton and pork. Because of their Hindu religion they do not eat beef. They also eat wheat and rice, seasonal vegetables, fruit, milk and dairy products for example. The men sometimes drink alcohol but the women do not. Literacy is poor, especially for the girls. (So there is a need for the gospel to be given in oral form too). They use modern medicines as well as native medicines.

Marriages are arranged by parents and families and only happen in the community. Child marriages, though common, are lessening. Divorce is allowed and divorcees and the bereaved can marry again. A widower marrying the younger sister of his late wife and a widow marrying the younger brother of her late husband takes place too. Property that is of the father is given equally, though only to the sons. Men are in charge but women are valued. Besides doing housework, women help their husbands on the farm, collect fuel, carry water and their opinions are listened to. They are very much involved in religious rites and social occasions. The Goriya sing folk songs and have traditional councils that have control in social matters.

The Goriya are Hindus and have many gods that they worship. They also worship family, village and regional gods. Ancestors are worshipped too. They believe in the occult and in reincarnation. They celebrate most Hindu festivals.

Brahmin priests perform birth, marriage and death rituals. A set period of birth pollution takes place until the priest does a purification ritual and the newborn baby is named. Head shaving ceremonies are performed for boys and girls. The Goriya dead are cremated and they have a thirteen day death pollution period. Then there is a ceremony and they give a feast for the peace of the bereaved person.

The Goriya are classed among the lower castes. Domination by higher castes has "scarred" them even to this day.

Prayer Points

* Please pray that Christians go to the Goriya in friendship and love and give them the gospel message.



Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Goriya (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Goriya (Hindu traditions)
Population in Nepal 900
World Population 343,900
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Gore, गोरिया (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16861
ROP3 Code 112143
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file 4
Largest States
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States 4
  Bheri (500)
  Seti (200)
  Lumbini (200)
  Bagmati (60)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Awadhi (600 speakers)
Language Code awa   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
People Groups Speaking Awadhi
Primary Language Awadhi (600 speakers)
Language Code awa   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Hindi (200)
  Bhojpuri (100)
People Groups Speaking Awadhi

Primary Language:  Awadhi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1820-1911)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1996)
Bible-Complete Yes   (2000-2005)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Awadhi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video New Life (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2017  Create International  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From Nepal census data.  Current values may differ.

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