Goanese in Australia


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Ancient Hindu literature refers to Goa as, "the Paradise of India." In the third century BC, Goa was part of the Mauryan Empire. When that empire declined it was taken over by a series of regional Hindu dynasties. Goa was held by either Hindu or Muslim empires until being conquered by the Portuguese in 1510. In the 1500s, St. Francis Xavier, a Roman Catholic saint, worked among the Goanese, winning a high percentage of them to Catholicism. The Portuguese held onto Goa for over 400 years. It remained with the Portuguese even after India’s independence in 1947 but was finally annexed by India in 1961. At that time a large number of Goanese left India for either former British or former Portuguese colonies. Those countries include Mozambique, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Canada, Kenya, Uganda and Australia.


What Are Their Lives Like?

No matter where they live, Konkani speakers read the “Goanese Voice,” to stay abreast of what is happening in Goa. One can find Goanese in any number of professions. They can be oil workers, sailors, shop owners or medical doctors. In recent years a women of Goanese descent was elected to public office in Australia. Goanese cuisine, which is rich in coconut milk and fish, is popular in Australia.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Having a strong Portuguese influence, the Goanese are usually Roman Catholic, although many are Hindu. The gospel is strongest among them in Uganda.


What Are Their Needs?

The Goanese need to put all their hope and faith in Jesus Christ no matter where they live.


Prayer Points

Pray for a Holy Spirit-led revival among Goanese people all over the world, drawing them to the only savior.
Pray for Goanese disciples to make disciples of both Hindus and marginal Roman Catholics.
Pray for the Goanese to feel God’s presence and mercy as they go about their daily business.


Scripture Prayers for the Goanese in Australia.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goans
https://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/goans
https://goawa.com.au/our-history
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/goa/goan-origin-zaneta-mascarenhas-elected-to-australias-lower-house/articleshow/91729380.cms
https://goancuisine.com.au/


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Goanese
People Name in Country Goanese
Alternate Names गॉआनएसए
Population this Country 2,700
Population all Countries 788,000
Total Countries 7
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 5
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 16842
ROP3 Code 104844
ROP25 Code 302720
ROP25 Name Goan
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 Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 18.00 %)
95.00 %
Ethnic Religions
5.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Konkani, Goan (2,700 speakers)
Language Code gom   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Konkani, Goan (2,700 speakers)
Language Code gom   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Konkani, Goan
Photo Source krasnokub - Pixabay 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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