Godagali in India

Godagali
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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Godagali
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 4,200
World Population: 4,200
Primary Language: Odia
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Traditionally the Godagali people were mat makers and basket weavers. They live mainly in Gajapati in the state of Odisha.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Godagali people still weave. Many make baskets and mats for a living.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Godagali people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They 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 gods like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.

Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like 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.

What Are Their Needs?

The Godagali people need to put their hope in the King of kings, realizing that he is the one who gives them worth and dignity.

Prayer Points

Pray for loving workers to take the gospel message to the Godagali community.

Pray the Lord will prepare the hearts of the Godagali to understand and to believe the gospel.

Pray for the Lord to bless the Godagali people with adequate education and medical facilities.

Pray for the Lord to bless the Godagali people so abundantly that they will see he is the only one worthy of praise and worship.

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