Gawaria in India

Joshua Project has identified the Gawaria only in India
Population
74,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Gawaria consider their ancestry to be from the three brothers Tapasvi Singh, Lakhi Singh and Bhumi Singh, who ruled at some point of time near Jodhpur in Rajasthan. They claim equal status with other nomadic and semi-nomadic communities. Their literacy level is very low due to poverty and their nomadic lifestyle.

According to legend, this community's name was changed from Banjar to Gwariya to avoid a clash with Nar Sultan. The name "Banjar" probably comes from one of two similar words, "banij" which means "trader", or "banji", meaning "a peddler's pack."


Where Are they Located?

They live primarily in Rajasthan State in northwestern India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Previously they were traveling traders and carriers. They became traders after their land was not longer able to sustain agriculture. They used herds of bullocks to carry their goods for trade. However, with the advancement in the transportation industry, they have turned to other careers. Some make household articles and from cane or wild grass and weave mats.

There are subgroups and clans, with rules regarding marriage between those clans. They marry outside of their clan and not with members of their mother's clan or their grandmother's clan. Dowries are paid at marriage and the couple goes to live with the groom's family. At the marriage ceremony, presided over by a Brahmin priest, the bride and groom circle a sacred fire seven times. Divorce and remarriage are permitted, but only by consent of the community council.

The naming ceremony for a newborn is performed by a Brahmin priest on the seventh or ninth day after birth.
Inheritance is equally divided among sons and the eldest takes over the guidance of the family in place of the father. They eat meat, but not beef. They also do not avoid alcohol


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Gawaria are Hindu. They also worship their ancestors, offer grain to birds, and have rites of purification and water-worship.


What Are Their Needs?

The Gawaria speak several languages, as most communities do in India. Evangelistic and church planting strategies need to accommodate this. Low literacy rates suggest oral means of communication, using scriptural stories, films, and recordings.


Prayer Points

* There may be no believers among the Gawaria today, but pray for those that will soon emerge.
* Pray they will be properly instructed in the faith, and that God will give them capable pastors to help them mature as believers.
* Pray for workers to take the Gospel message to each individual in the Gawaria community.
* Pray the Lord will prepare them to understand, and to believe


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Prayer Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-09-26
People Name General Gawaria
People Name in Country Gawaria
Population in India 74,000
World Population 74,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached Yes
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Badi, Bajigar, Banjara, Gancha, Garancha, Gauria, Gavar Banjara, Gavara, Gavaria, Gawara Badi, Gayari, Gowaria, Gwar, Gwaria, Gwariya, Gwariya Banjara, Gwariya Bargia, Kangar, गवारिया
People ID 16891
ROP3 Code 112178
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 5
Largest States
Rajasthan (72,000) Madhya Pradesh (1,700) Punjab (500)
Haryana (100) Chandigarh (40)
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 5
Rajasthan (72,000) Madhya Pradesh (1,700)
Punjab (500) Haryana (100)
Chandigarh (40)
Primary Language: Hindi (31,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: hin   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 11
Secondary Languages:
Marwari (15,000) Merwari (8,100) Dhundari (7,100)
Shekhawati (4,100) Mewari (3,600) Haroti: Harauti (1,400)
Bagri (500) Punjabi, Eastern (400) Malvi (400)
Wagdi (30)
Primary Language: Hindi (31,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 11
Secondary Languages:
Marwari (15,000) Merwari (8,100)
Dhundari (7,100) Shekhawati (4,100)
Mewari (3,600) Haroti: Harauti (1,400)
Bagri (500) Punjabi, Eastern (400)
Malvi (400) Wagdi (30)
Primary Language: Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible 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 Hindi Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video A Pilgrimage (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Aasha - Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Coconuts (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Haqeeqat Episode 6 (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Ten Virgins (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Final Prodigal (Indigitube.tv)
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 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source: Isudas   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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