Ghosi (Hindu traditions) in India

The Ghosi (Hindu traditions) have only been reported in India
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Introduction / History

The Ghosi name comes from the Sanskrit word ghush, which means "to shout." The reason for this is that the Ghosi are herdsmen who are noted for shouting as they herd their cattle. The raising of cattle for their milk has been the traditional work of the Ghosi for centuries, and it continues still today. They can be found in several north Indian states, most notably Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and West Bengal. They speak Hindi and read and write in Devanagari.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They still work mainly in agriculture, especially in the area of animal husbandry. Upon the death of the father, property goes to the sons except that women can keep her ornaments. The Ghosi are endogamous, meaning they prefer marriage within their group. They allow for divorce and remarriage. They have a council to settle disputes called the Jati Biradari Sabha.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They are Hindus. Hindus tend to worship whatever god they believe will provide them with protection and aid.


What Are Their Needs?

Believers with skills in veterinarian medicine can meet an economic need for these herdsmen.


Prayer Points

Pray that the council leaders will put their faith in Him and lead others into a movement to Christ. Pray that gospel materials will lead them to salvation. Pray for faithful intercessors and workers.


Scripture Prayers for the Ghosi (Hindu traditions) in India.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Ghosi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Ghosi (Hindu traditions)
Alternate Names घोसी (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
Population this Country 348,000
Population all Countries 348,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 7
People ID 16828
ROP3 Code 112098
ROP25 Code 302683
ROP25 Name Ghosi
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 15
Largest States
Madhya Pradesh
170,000
Odisha
153,000
Haryana
7,400
Jharkhand
4,200
Chhattisgarh
3,500
Assam
1,700
Andhra Pradesh
1,300
West Bengal
1,000
Delhi
700
Gujarat
600
Punjab
400
Rajasthan
300
Maharashtra
200
Chandigarh
100
Tripura
70
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Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 15
  Madhya Pradesh 170,000
  Odisha 153,000
  Haryana 7,400
  Jharkhand 4,200
  Chhattisgarh 3,500
  Assam 1,700
  Andhra Pradesh 1,300
  West Bengal 1,000
  Delhi 700
  Gujarat 600
  Punjab 400
  Rajasthan 300
  Maharashtra 200
  Chandigarh 100
  Tripura 70
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.10 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.06 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.85 %
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.
Primary Language Hindi (147,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 30
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Odia
119,000
Bundeli
8,300
Bengali
4,000
Chhattisgarhi
3,500
Kui (India)
1,200
Assamese
900
Pengo
700
Malvi
600
Nimadi
500
Haryanvi
500
Bagheli
500
Kurux
400
Santhali
400
Desiya
400
Mundari
400
Primary Language Hindi (147,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 30
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Odia 119,000
  Bundeli 8,300
  Bengali 4,000
  Chhattisgarhi 3,500
  Kui (India) 1,200
  Assamese 900
  Pengo 700
  Malvi 600
  Nimadi 500
  Haryanvi 500
  Bagheli 500
  Kurux 400
  Santhali 400
  Desiya 400
  Mundari 400
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1818-2022)
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey 
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