Guna in India

The Guna 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 small, virtually unknown Guna community know very little about their past. They claim to have migrated from elsewhere, but they do not know when or from where. During feudal times they were probably soldiers or land owners. Their current status is in question, though it is low. However, they consider themselves to be a high caste, something that no other community would agree with.


Where Are they Located?

Today they live in settlements in the hills of southern Odisha. The climate tends to be cold, humid, rainy, and heavily forested.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Guna people have only one gotra (clan), called Nagesa. They do, however, have several surnames. Men usually marry their cousins, and parents decide who marries who. After the wedding, the bride lives with her husband’s family. The Guna usually have nuclear families rather than extended ones.

Guna women work hard, assisting their husbands and families. Like other rural Indian communities, women collect fuel and water. These women often find leaf-plates to sell to supplement the family income. The more fortunate members of this community hold government jobs or run grocery stories.

The Guna people do not have much in the way of their own art forms, though their women are adept at floor paintings and the men are skilled with ornate carpentry. They love folk tales and folk songs, but they seldom play instruments. Apart from the Danda Nacha, performed by men, they do not have their own folk dance.

They do not share water sources with other communities, which isolates them in a sense, since that means less contact. They also have roads that connect their communities with one another, making it more possible for them to remain culturally clustered.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Like many Hindu communities, the Guna people worship village and regional deities. When they go to a temple, they employ sacred specialists from higher communities.


What Are Their Needs?

The Guna people need the chance to excel spiritually through a relationship with Jesus Christ, the Light of the world.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Guna in India.

* Pray for the Guna people to have a spiritual thirst that will lead them to gospel materials and Jesus Christ.
* Pray that Guna elders will become followers of Jesus, throwing open the doors for others to follow Him as well.
* Pray for workers to go to the Guna people with resources to help them transform their communities in ways that honor the Lord.


References

Peoples of India: Odisha, vol XVI, part 1, pp 692-696.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Guna
People Name in Country Guna
World Population 2,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Guniya; गुना
People ID 16882
ROP3 Code 112167
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 2
Largest States
Odisha
2,000
Tripura
60
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 2
  Odisha 2,000
  Tripura 60
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Odia (1,500 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Kuvi
500
Primary Language Odia (1,500 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Kuvi 500
People Groups Speaking Odia

Primary Language:  Odia

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1811-1956)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1809-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1815-2014)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Virtual Storehouse
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Odia
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Odia
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Gospel website in this language
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ODIA - Oriya
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
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.
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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