Groma in India

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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Groma
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 700
World Population: 19,700
Primary Language: Groma
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Unspecified
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Little is known about the Groma. Most anthropological and linguistic sources do not mention them. It is probable that the Groma have been counted as part of the Tibetan nationality in China and may be culturally and ethnically indistinguishable from other Tibetans in the region. The Chinese authorities have included many distinct language groups under the Tibetan nationality, based primarily on their adherence to Tibetan Buddhism.

The cornerstone of emerging Tibetan civilization was the Yarlung Valley area, about 80 kilometers (49 mi.) southeast of Lhasa. There, according to tradition, the union of a monkey and a she-devil created the Tibetan race. Around AD 600, the warrior king Namri Gampo began the work of unifying the clans of Tibet. It was his son, Songtsen Gampo, who consolidated the empire and established Tibet as a military power to be reckoned with.

Where Are they Located?

Most of the Groma people live in Tibet, but a small number live in northeastern India.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Some Groma families practice polyandry, meaning that one woman can have more than one husband. They herd yaks, sheep, and goats. Operation China says, "Groma women do most of the work. The men often spend their days drinking and gambling…." The only thing unique about them as a Tibetan group is their language.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Tibetan Tantric Buddhism dominates the Groma. Pilgrimages to holy sites (such as Mt. Kailas) are often undertaken by devoted pilgrims.

What Are Their Needs?

The Groma people need the opportunity to experience the abundant life that only Jesus Christ offers those who follow Him.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Groma people in India teachable and understanding hearts.
Pray that a strong movement of the Holy Spirit will bring entire Groma families into a rich experience of God's blessing.
Pray for Groma families to be drawn by the Holy Spirit to seek forgiveness, and to understand the adequacy of Christ's work on the cross.
Pray for teams of believers to do sustained, focused prayer for the Lord to open the hearts of Groma family leaders to experience God's blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.

Text Source:   Keith Carey