Ujia in India

The Ujia have only been reported in India
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Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

This is a fishing community that once was considered to be the lowest community. Their status is no longer that low, and they live in villages alongside other communities. At one time they were forced to live in separate villages. They might no longer go by the name Ujia.


Where Are they Located?

The Hindu Ujia people live in Odisha, a state in eastern India. They claim to be the original settlers in the Mayurbhanj district.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Since they still use out-dated fishing techniques rather than fishing boats, the Ujia people are poor. They have a way to catch fish in rivers and streams using nets and basket traps. They usually don't make enough money from fishing, so they also work for others to supplement their income. A small number have obtained the loans they need to buy modern fishing equipment.


What Are Their Beliefs?

These fishermen worship Mahakala, who is associated with fishing. They have a strong faith in Hindu gods, especially the ones ones they think will provide them prosperity and safety. Like other Hindu communities, the Ujia people worship certain gods at the community and the village level. They perform certain rituals to their gods when there is an outbreak of cholera or small pox. Twice a year they perform special rituals to their ancestral spirits.


What Are Their Needs?

These fishermen need to learn from the disciples John, Peter, and others to follow the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.


Prayer Points

Pray for an abundant blessing of Ujia families and communities as they embrace Jesus Christ, the Lord of Lords.
Pray for a movement to Christ that will enrich the Ujia community.
Pray for spiritual openness to Jesus Christ that will not be hindered by the false belief in religious institutions rather than the person, Jesus Christ.


Scripture Prayers for the Ujia in India.


References

https://books.google.com/books?id=qxxnZ4XxUbsC&pg=PA156&lpg=PA156&dq=Ujia+people+in+India&source=bl&ots=fFLePP3SfF&sig=ACfU3U05NFeTZJYsiqmIOzTgFmdKrnvrHA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjrn8zEvb_jAhWMJzQIHevAAekQ6AEwAnoECAkQAQ#v=onepage&q=Ujia%20people%20in%20India&f=false
Peoples of India: Odisha, vol XVI, part 2, pp. 1531-35, K.S. Singh


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Ujia
People Name in Country Ujia
Population this Country 24,000
Population all Countries 24,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names उजिया
People ID 18280
ROP3 Code 113824
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)
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
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 1
  Odisha 24,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Odia (24,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Odia (24,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Odia

Primary Language:  Odia

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1811-1956)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1809-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1815-2021)
Bible-NT Audio Online
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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
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Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
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Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Odia
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Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Rivka video
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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 India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
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