Gawaria in Pakistan


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Gawaria were traditionally a Hindu nomadic people who raised sheep and goats. They became traders after their land was no longer able to sustain agriculture or grazing. They used herds of bullocks and oxen to carry their goods for trade. Today most have settled down and live in the northwestern Indian states of Rajasthan and Gujarat though there is a small population of them in Punjab, Pakistan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

However, with the advancement in the transportation industry, the Gawaria people have turned to other professions. Some make household articles from cane or wild grass and weave mats. Others work in the building trades especially in masonry. Their literacy level is very low. The Gawaria marry within their group but outside of their clan. The bride’s family pay a dowry at the time of the wedding. The couple often goes to live with the groom's family. The bride and groom circle a sacred fire seven times during the wedding ceremony. Brahmin priests officiate at weddings. They permit divorce and remarriage, but only with the consent of the community caste council. Inheritance is equally divided among sons and the eldest takes over the guidance of the family in place of the father.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Gawaria practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. 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 Gawaria 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 god as Christians do. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. The main yearly holidays of the Gawaria 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. The caste system divides Hindus into four main categories - Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and the Shudras. Dalits and tribal peoples are outside of the caste system. The Gawaria fit in the Shudra or working caste.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Gawaria in Pakistan.

Pray for workers to take the gospel message to the Gawaria community. Pray the Lord will prepare the hearts of the Gawaria to understand and to believe the gospel. Pray that Gawaria parents are able to provide for their children. Pray for a movement to Christ among the Gawaria people in India and Pakistan.


References

https://www.jatland.com/home/Gawaria
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gawaria


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Gawaria
People Name in Country Gawaria
Population this Country 8,900
Population all Countries 98,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 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 Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Punjab 8,700
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Saraiki (8,900 speakers)
Language Code skr   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Saraiki (8,900 speakers)
Language Code skr   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Saraiki

Primary Language:  Saraiki

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1898-2009)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
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Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
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Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Saraiki
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
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 Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
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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


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