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|People Name:||Gond Jhare|
|Primary Language:||Gondi, Northern|
|Christian Adherents:||0.05 %|
|Online Audio NT:||No|
|People Cluster:||South Asia Tribal - Gond|
|Affinity Bloc:||South Asian Peoples|
The term Jhare is related to forest dwellers as they live in forests. The Jhare are one of the Gond subgroups. They are a scheduled tribe which means they have low status in Hindu society. They speak Gondi. They live in eastern Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Odisha.
Most of the Gonds possess agricultural land. Those who have a god portion of the land cultivate rice, javar (cereals) and green dal (pulses). Many tend goats and cattle as well. Poorer Gonds work in the fields of the richer Gonds. There is not much work available for them except during farming seasons. They love hunting and wild meats are their favorites. Jhare Gond women help with activities such as agriculture, and they usually have tattoos. The Jhare Gonds make baskets and weave mats.
Though they are officially Hindu, their traditional beliefs are what they practice the most. They believe that evil spirits are the cause for sicknesses and that sacrifices will keep them away. Perumal, the high priest, offers these sacrifices for every v
The Jhare Gonds need to allow Jesus Christ to give them life to the full. Someone needs to go to them!
Pray that the council leaders come to Jesus Christ and lead others to begin a community-wide disciple making movement. Pray that gospel materials will become easily available to them. Pray for intercessors and workers.