Gawaria in India

The Gawaria 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 Gawaria were traditionally a Hindu nomadic people who raised sheep and goats. Today most have settled down and live in the northwestern Indian state of Gujarat. Their literacy level is very low. There are no known believers among the Gawaria. The primary language of the Gawaria is Hindi. They also speak the local languages where they live.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Gawaria were shepherds, traveling traders and carriers. They became traders after their land was no longer able to sustain agriculture or grazing. They used herds of bullocks and oxen to carry their goods for trade. However, with the advancement in the transportation industry, they have turned to other professions. Some make household articles from cane or wild grass and weave mats. Others work in the building trades especially in masonry. The Gawaria marry within their group but outside of their clan. The bride's family pay a dowry at the time of the wedding. The couple often goes to live with the groom's family. The bride and groom circle a sacred fire seven times during the wedding. Brahmin priests officiate at weddings. Divorce and remarriage are permitted, but only with the consent of the community caste council. The naming ceremony for a newborn is performed by a Brahmin priest on the seventh or ninth day after birth. Inheritance is equally divided among sons and the eldest takes over the guidance of the family in place of the father. As Hindus, the Gawaria do not eat beef.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Gawaria practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Gawaria 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 god as Christians do. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. The main yearly holidays of the Gawaria people are 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. The caste system divides Hindus into four main categories. Dalits and tribal peoples are outside of the caste system. The Gawaria fit in the working caste.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Gawaria in India.

* Pray for workers to take the gospel message to the Gawaria community. * Pray the Lord will prepare the hearts of the Gawaria to understand and to believe the gospel. * Pray that Gawaria parents are able to provide for their children.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-09-26
People Name General Gawaria
People Name in Country Gawaria
Population this Country 89,000
Population all Countries 89,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Badi; Bajigar; Banjara; Gancha; Garancha; Gauria; Gavar Banjara; Gavara; Gavaria; Gawara Badi; Gayari; Gowaria; Gwar; Gwaria; Gwariya; Gwariya Banjara; Gwariya Bargia; Kangar; गवारिया
People ID 16891
ROP3 Code 112178
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 5
Largest States
Rajasthan
86,000
Madhya Pradesh
1,700
Punjab
600
Haryana
100
Chandigarh
40
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 5
  Rajasthan 86,000
  Madhya Pradesh 1,700
  Punjab 600
  Haryana 100
  Chandigarh 40
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (45,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
Marwari
26,000
Dhundari
6,300
Shekhawati
3,600
Mewari
2,400
Haroti
1,800
Bagri
800
Wagdi
700
Punjabi, Eastern
500
Malvi
400
Primary Language Hindi (45,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
  Marwari 26,000
  Dhundari 6,300
  Shekhawati 3,600
  Mewari 2,400
  Haroti 1,800
  Bagri 800
  Wagdi 700
  Punjabi, Eastern 500
  Malvi 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  (1835-2012)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Hindi
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
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)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
97.40 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
2.59 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Copyrighted © 2021  Isudas  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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