Matia in India


Population
186,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction

The Matia (or Matya) people are a tribal group who have long been farmers. They are subdivided into three sub-groups, which are divided into clans, which are further divided into lineages. The lineages regulate marriage alliances. Preferred marriage partners are first cousins. Literacy rates are quite low. The Matia worship the village deity Thakurani and celebrate the festivals Dhunauakhia and Dual Dei.


Ministry Obstacles

Lack of prayer and lack of workers remain as serious deficiencies to the advance of the good news about Jesus throughout South Asia.


Outreach Ideas

Low literacy rates mean the Gospel message needs to come primarily in oral form. Perhaps the Lord will send workers who know how to tell stories from scripture. They live in Bangladesh and Bhutan (a tiny group in Bhutan), as well as in India.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

A few of the Matia have reported themselves as Christians to the census of India. Please pray for these Christians, that they will understand the distinction between a cultural or nominal Christian and one who has entered into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. Pray they will become real disciples of Jesus, living holy lives in the power of the Lord's Spirit.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray for improved literacy rates, for better medical care, and for an improved standard of living for this community. Pray especially for the youth to have better access to schools and for parents to make schooling a priority for their children.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Matia
People Name in Country Matia
Population in India 186,000
World Population 224,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached Yes
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Mati Bhumia, Mati Bhumiya, Mattia, Mattiya, Matya, मतिया
People ID 17466
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: 18
Largest States
West Bengal (160,000) Odisha (20,000) Jharkhand (2,000)
Tripura (1,200) Andaman and Nicobar (700) Bihar (500)
Delhi (400) Chhattisgarh (300) Meghalaya (200)
Uttar Pradesh (100) Maharashtra (100) Nagaland (100)
Madhya Pradesh (80) Mizoram (80) Uttarakhand (50)
Manipur (40) Arunachal Pradesh (20) Telangana (10)
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: 18
West Bengal (160,000) Odisha (20,000)
Jharkhand (2,000) Tripura (1,200)
Andaman and Nicobar (700) Bihar (500)
Delhi (400) Chhattisgarh (300)
Meghalaya (200) Uttar Pradesh (100)
Maharashtra (100) Nagaland (100)
Madhya Pradesh (80) Mizoram (80)
Uttarakhand (50) Manipur (40)
Arunachal Pradesh (20) Telangana (10)
Primary Language: Bengali (155,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: ben   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 22
Secondary Languages:
(only 20 largest shown)
Oriya (11,000) Hindi (4,500) Telugu (4,200)
Koda (600) Pengo (600) Bhatri (400)
Kurux (400) Santhali (300) Chhattisgarhi (100)
Munda (100) Maithili (100) Ho (100)
Kuvi (100) Mundari (50) Koya (40)
Punjabi, Eastern (10) Naga, Tangkhul (10) Malayalam
Juang Naga, Liangmai
Primary Language: Bengali (155,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 22
Secondary Languages: (only 20 largest shown)
Oriya (11,000) Hindi (4,500)
Telugu (4,200) Koda (600)
Pengo (600) Bhatri (400)
Kurux (400) Santhali (300)
Chhattisgarhi (100) Munda (100)
Maithili (100) Ho (100)
Kuvi (100) Mundari (50)
Koya (40) Punjabi, Eastern (10)
Naga, Tangkhul (10) Malayalam (10)
Juang (0) Naga, Liangmai (0)
Primary Language: Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1800-1980)
New Testament Yes   (1801-1984)
Complete Bible Yes   (1809-2000)
Audio Bible Online
 
Possible Print Bibles
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World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Bengali Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video General Ministry Resources
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video I Am Guilty (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Burning Heart (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.01 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.97 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.02 %
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  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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