Matia in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Subgroups: 3

Subgroup Name Population
Telunga 2,600
Chasa 2,000
Munda 2,000

Introduction

The Matia (or Matya) people are a tribal group who have long been farmers. They are subdivided into three sub-groups, which are divided into clans, which are further divided into lineages. The lineages regulate marriage alliances. Preferred marriage partners are first cousins. Literacy rates are quite low. The Matia worship the village deity Thakurani and celebrate the festivals Dhunauakhia and Dual Dei.


Ministry Obstacles

Lack of prayer and lack of workers remain as serious deficiencies to the advance of the good news about Jesus throughout South Asia.


Outreach Ideas

Low literacy rates mean the Gospel message needs to come primarily in oral form. Perhaps the Lord will send workers who know how to tell stories from scripture. They live in Bangladesh and Bhutan (a tiny group in Bhutan), as well as in India.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

A few of the Matia have reported themselves as Christians to the census of India. Please pray for these Christians, that they will understand the distinction between a cultural or nominal Christian and one who has entered into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. Pray they will become real disciples of Jesus, living holy lives in the power of the Lord's Spirit.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray for improved literacy rates, for better medical care, and for an improved standard of living for this community. Pray especially for the youth to have better access to schools and for parents to make schooling a priority for their children.


Scripture Prayers for the Matia in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Matia
People Name in Country Matia
World Population 240,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 4
Alternate Names Mati Bhumia; Mati Bhumiya; Mattia; Mattiya; Matya; मतिया
People ID 17466
ROP3 Code 112874
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 18
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
West Bengal
167,000
Odisha
30,000
Jharkhand
1,900
Tripura
1,100
Andaman and Nicobar
700
Bihar
400
Chhattisgarh
300
Delhi
300
Meghalaya
200
Uttar Pradesh
100
Nagaland
90
Maharashtra
80
Madhya Pradesh
70
Andhra Pradesh
60
Uttarakhand
50
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 18
  West Bengal 167,000
  Odisha 30,000
  Jharkhand 1,900
  Tripura 1,100
  Andaman and Nicobar 700
  Bihar 400
  Chhattisgarh 300
  Delhi 300
  Meghalaya 200
  Uttar Pradesh 100
  Nagaland 90
  Maharashtra 80
  Madhya Pradesh 70
  Andhra Pradesh 60
  Uttarakhand 50
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (165,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 21
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Odia
19,000
Hindi
9,000
Telugu
8,500
Koda
300
Santhali
300
Bhatri
300
Kurux
200
Kuvi
200
Pengo
100
Koya
100
Munda
90
Ho
90
Maithili
90
Mundari
40
Chhattisgarhi
Primary Language Bengali (165,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 21
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Odia 19,000
  Hindi 9,000
  Telugu 8,500
  Koda 300
  Santhali 300
  Bhatri 300
  Kurux 200
  Kuvi 200
  Pengo 100
  Koya 100
  Munda 90
  Ho 90
  Maithili 90
  Mundari 40
  Chhattisgarhi 10
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1832-2016)
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 - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
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 Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
General Bible Visuals
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.05 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.92 %
Islam
0.02 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.01 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Copyrighted © 2020  Isudas  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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