Gowari in India

The Gowari 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.

Subgroups: 12 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
Baiga Unknown
Binjhwar Unknown
Dudh Gowari Unknown
Gai Gowari Unknown
Gaiki Unknown
Govit Unknown
Inga Unknown
Ladse Unknown
Lohan Tate Unknown
Lunjhwar Unknown

Introduction / History

The Gowari are a tribal people of central India. The people of this community used to take their cattle into the forest for grazing. The government of India categorized this community as a Scheduled Tribe by the name of Gond Gowari. Hindu society gives them low status, and hence they have been kept down in the caste hierarchy. The main language of the Gowari is Marathi.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Gowari are mainly engaged in cow-herding and in agrarian activity. They work mainly as landless laborers for higher caste landlords.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Gowari practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Their brand of Hinduism is influenced by folk religion. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain "moksha" or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Gowari visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods as Christians do. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. The main yearly holidays of the Gowari people are Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the celebration of autumn and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday. They do not drink milk because they believe it is sin and stigma for their community. As an indigenous people, the Gowari are outside of the Hindu caste system. They face discrimination as a result.


What Are Their Needs?

The Gowari are mostly poor people who lack education and basic physical needs. They need the opportunity to enter into India's modern economy. The Gowari will need to learn literacy and new job skills if they are to improve their low place in Indian society.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Gowari in India.

Pray for a spiritual hunger that will give the Gowari people a desire to investigate the claims of Jesus Christ. Pray for a disciple making movement that will bless the Gowari people this decade. Pray for the Lord to send out workers to the Gowari people and tell them the good news of Jesus Christ.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Gowari
People Name in Country Gowari
Population this Country 478,000
Population all Countries 478,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 10
Alternate Names Dorla; Gaur; Gawariya; Goar; गोवरी
People ID 16865
ROP3 Code 112147
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster South Asia Hindu - other
People Group Gowari
Ethnic Code CNN25
Total Subgroups 12
  Baiga 0
  Binjhwar 0
  Dudh Gowari 0
  Gai Gowari 0
  Gaiki 0
  Govit 0
  Inga 0
  Ladse 0
  Lohan Tate 0
  Lunjhwar 0
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 4
Largest States
Maharashtra
404,000
Madhya Pradesh
68,000
Chhattisgarh
1,800
Telangana
10
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 4
  Maharashtra 404,000
  Madhya Pradesh 68,000
  Chhattisgarh 1,800
  Telangana 10
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Marathi (334,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
Hindi
97,000
Gondi, Northern
25,000
Chhattisgarhi
15,000
Halbi
1,600
Bhatri
800
Odia
100
Korwa
80
Primary Language Marathi (334,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 97,000
  Gondi, Northern 25,000
  Chhattisgarhi 15,000
  Halbi 1,600
  Bhatri 800
  Odia 100
  Korwa 80
People Groups Speaking Marathi

Primary Language:  Marathi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1807-1957)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1982)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1821-2015)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Marathi
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Marathi
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 Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Audio Bible app as APK File from FCBH
Mobile App Download Audio Bible app from Google Play Store
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: मराठी - Marathi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.03 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.30 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.68 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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