Muria Gond in India

The Muria Gond have only been reported in India
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Introduction / History

The Muria are a group of the Gond and are a scheduled caste. They live in the Bastar region of Madhya Pradesh. Smaller numbers live in other parts of central India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Muria are cultivators, and they also sell products that come from the forest. They have a traditional village council to look after their needs. They are skilled at basket making.
They are not vegetarians and eat rice. Clan names are used by them as surnames. They have cross-cousin marriages, and the dead are buried. The Muria have a comb that represents love and friendship. They use traditional medicines rather than modern ones.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Hinduism is their official religion, but they have their own beliefs blended with it. An oral tradition in Gond Muria culture: There was a great rain, and the first world was drowned. But Gajabhimul put a brother and a sister--their names were Kawachi and Kuhrami--in a gourd called Dadha Burka Kawachi. This gourd drifted to and fro until it ran aground on a great rock. Mahapurub sent out a crow to search for men. The crow flew and flew and flew: what did it see? It saw water and a gourd on a great rock. … From the gourd Kawachi and Kuhrami came out."


What Are Their Needs?

The Muria Gond people need adequate clean water and better health care.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Muria council leaders will come to Jesus Christ and lead others to him.
Pray that God will give them dreams and visions leading them to salvation.
Pray for loving and dedicated workers.


Scripture Prayers for the Gond Muria in India.


References

Singh, K. S., ed. “India's Communities A-Z”, Oxford University Press, USA 1999
Oral tradition courtesy of Nick Liguori


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People Name General Gond Muria
People Name in Country Gond Muria
Natural Name Muria Gond
Alternate Names Ghotul Muria; Modya; Muria; Raja Muriya; गोंद मूरिया
Population this Country 822,000
Population all Countries 822,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 16
People ID 21033
ROP3 Code 117883
ROP25 Code 302754
ROP25 Name Gond
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 6
Largest States
Chhattisgarh
616,000
Madhya Pradesh
185,000
Maharashtra
9,000
Odisha
2,100
Uttar Pradesh
2,100
Uttarakhand
500
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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 6
  Chhattisgarh 616,000
  Madhya Pradesh 185,000
  Maharashtra 9,000
  Odisha 2,100
  Uttar Pradesh 2,100
  Uttarakhand 500
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.94 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
88.27 %
Islam
0.05 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
10.73 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Hindi (160,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 24
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Gondi, Northern
138,000
Chhattisgarhi
132,000
Halbi
83,000
Bhatri
82,000
Muria, Western
45,000
Duruwa
20,000
Gondi, Adilabad
8,300
Telugu
6,900
Marathi
5,500
Odia
3,800
Desiya
1,000
Koya
700
Bhojpuri
600
Korwa
200
Pengo
200
Primary Language Hindi (160,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 24
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Gondi, Northern 138,000
  Chhattisgarhi 132,000
  Halbi 83,000
  Bhatri 82,000
  Muria, Western 45,000
  Duruwa 20,000
  Gondi, Adilabad 8,300
  Telugu 6,900
  Marathi 5,500
  Odia 3,800
  Desiya 1,000
  Koya 700
  Bhojpuri 600
  Korwa 200
  Pengo 200
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

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Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1818-2022)
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