Goudu in India

The Goudu have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Goudo are a scheduled tribe who live in Andhra Pradesh near Odisha. They speak Oria and have low status.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Many of them are semi nomads who raise cattle. They are not vegetarians and eat rice as a staple food. Women help with agriculture and housework. Some have other trades such as tailoring. They have a council to look after them.

The Goudu have a low literacy level, so the gospel will need to be given in oral form rather than with written materials. They use traditional and modern medicines.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Goudu people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They 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 or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.

Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like 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.


What Are Their Needs?

The Goudu people need the spiritual "prosperity" that only Jesus Christ can offer a community.


Prayer Points

Pray that Goudu council leaders come to Jesus Christ and lead others to him.

Pray that gospel recordings lead them to salvation.

Pray for the Holy Spirit to stir Goudu hearts to accept the King of kings.

Pray for loving ambassadors of Christ to go to them until they have a disciple making movement.


Scripture Prayers for the Goudu in India.


References

Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Goudu
People Name in Country Goudu
Alternate Names Bhirihiya; Bhirthya; Dodukamaria; Dodukamariya; Dodukamaro; Dudhokurai; Gaudo Mahankuo; Goudo Bato; Goudolu; Goudu-Bato; Hat; Jatako; Jatko; Joria; Kosalya; Magatha; गौड़ू
Population this Country 8,400
Population all Countries 8,400
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 16864
ROP3 Code 112146
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 3
Largest States
Andhra Pradesh
8,200
Telangana
70
Puducherry
50
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
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 3
  Andhra Pradesh 8,200
  Telangana 70
  Puducherry 50
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.25 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.35 %
Islam
0.14 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.04 %
Unknown
0.21 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Odia (4,400 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
Telugu
2,600
Kuvi
80
Konkani
50
Kannada Marathi Hindi
Tamil
Primary Language Odia (4,400 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
  Telugu 2,600
  Kuvi 80
  Konkani 50
  Kannada 10
  Marathi 10
  Hindi 0
  Tamil 0
People Groups Speaking Odia
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more