Goanese in Sri Lanka


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

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.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Having a strong Portuguese influence, the Goanese are usually Roman Catholic. There is a strong connection between the Catholics in Goa and those in Sri Lanka.


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 Sri Lanka.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goans
https://www.heraldgoa.in/Edit/GOA-ALLEGRETTO/The-deeper-connection-between-Goan-and-Sri-Lankan-Catholics/145506


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Goanese
People Name in Country Goanese
Alternate Names गॉआनएसए
Population this Country 2,300
Population all Countries 788,000
Total Countries 7
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 3
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 16842
ROP3 Code 104844
ROP25 Code 302720
ROP25 Name Goan
Country Sri Lanka
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file 5
Largest States
Western
1,700
Eastern
400
North Western
100
Southern
100
Central
40
Country Sri Lanka
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States 5
  Western 1,700
  Eastern 400
  North Western 100
  Southern 100
  Central 40
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
100.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Sri Lanka census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Konkani (2,300 speakers)
Language Code knn   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Konkani (2,300 speakers)
Language Code knn   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Konkani
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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