Gujarati in Australia


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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

The Indian state of Gujarat has long been an important center for trade, and their merchants have been sent all over the world. Because their commercial skills have been combined with their natural dedication, the Gujarati have become successful in business ventures internationally. They have literally spread over the entire world to 28 countries. Large populations now live in the UK and East Africa. Thousands also live in the nation of Australia. Gujarat is one of the most industrialized states in India. The Gujaratis are known as being resourceful businessmen. This has helped them to successfully emigrate and thrive around the world. The Gujaratis who have emigrated to Australia are usually from the higher, wealthier castes and have maintained many aspects of their own culture. Many resources are available in the Gujarati language including a complete Bible and JESUS Film.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most marriages in Gujarati societies are arranged. This practice is changing as more Australian Gujarati adopt western ways. Marriage is considered to be an alliance between two families, not just two individuals, so it is difficult for parents to accept their children marrying outside their social group. For the Hindu Gujaratis, caste and social rank are very important considerations. The folklore of the Hindu Gujarati reflects the mythology surrounding the Hindu deity, Krishna. Dances in honor of Krishna have survived in the form of the popular folk dance known as garaba. Most Australian Gujaratis live in cities and speak Gujarati among themselves and English with others. The Australian Gujaratis want to maintain their culture and at the same time live peaceably with their fellow Australian citizens.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The large majority of the Australian Gujarati claim to be Hindus, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Gujaratis 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. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. The main yearly holidays of the Hindu Gujarati people are 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. A sizable population of the Gujarati are Muslims. Only a tiny fraction claim to be followers of Jesus Christ.


What Are Their Needs?

Australian Gujaratis need to hear the gospel of Christ presented to them in a way they can understand. They need to see the love of Jesus demonstrated to them in practical ways and that following Christ will not make them less of a Gujarati.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Gujarati in Australia.

Pray that Australian believers would reach out and share the love of Christ with the Gujaratis among them. Ask God to strengthen, encourage and protect the small number of believers living among them. Pray that Gujarati Christians will be bold in their witness for Christ. Pray that Gujarati businessmen will be evangelized and take the gospel to other Gujaratis around the world. Pray the Lord raises a Disciple Making Movement among the Australian Gujaratis in this decade.


References

https://uga.org.au/about-us/
https://mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/news/india/gujarat-indians-especially-gujaratis-face-trouble-getting-visa-as-immigration-becomes-strict-in-australia/articleshow/58274666.cms


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Gujarati
People Name in Country Gujarati
Pronunciation goo-jah-RAH-tee
Population this Country 54,000
Population all Countries 3,367,000
Total Countries 29
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bajania; Gujarani; Indo-Pakistani; Karana; Parsi; Shahinshahi; Zarabe; Zardasht; Zarushti
People ID 11982
ROP3 Code 103544
Country Australia
Region Australia and Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Australia
Region Australia and Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Primary Language Gujarati (54,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Gujarati (54,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Gujarati

Primary Language:  Gujarati

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1809-1965)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1820-1985)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1823-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (Global Recordings Network)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (Faith Comes By Hearing)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Gujarati
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel resources links (Scripture Earth)
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ગુજરાતી - Gujarati
Text / Printed Matter Father's Love Letter
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
80.00 %
Islam
18.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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