Raja Muria Gond in India

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

Introduction / History

Gonds celebrate their legacy every year during the Dasara. On that occasion, all the living heirs of the crown in each generation are honored by carrying them on a royal cart carried on people’s shoulders. However, it is uncertain where the Gond peoples originated. They are probably the largest Dravidian (original tribe in the Subcontinent.)

In the 1500s, there were Gond kings, but they lost their power after being defeated first by the Marathas and then by Muslim armies. However, some of their estates remained for hundreds of years until India’s independence in 1947.


Where Are they Located?

The Murias are among the largest Gond subgroup. They are scattered throughout several of India’s states, usually in the central part of the country.


What Are Their Lives Like?

A crude gate on the mud road, the wooden poles on both the sides and the beam across it stands high enough for anyone to enter. There are remains of bundles and ropes hung on it. Among them you may find a new bundle of shrinking animal skin. If you see these before a village, you can be sure you are entering a Gond village.

Muria Gonds are agriculturists and choose to live on the riverbeds close to forests. Most of them possess agricultural land. Those who have a good portion of land cultivate rice, grains and green dal. They often tend goats and cattle. Poorer Muria Gonds work in the fields of richer Gonds. There is not much work available for them except in farming seasons. They love hunting and wild meats are their favorites.

Girls are married between the age of 13 and 15. Weddings are during the summer. A girl and a boy who fall love are allowed to run away together. Once they return, the Panchayat meet to discuss the terms and conditions of the marriage. Other marriages are arranged by the parents. Depending up on the financial conditions of the families the bride groom's parents have to give the bride's parents some amount of money. Commonly Gond people marry their cousins.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Muria Gond people believe that witchcraft and evil spirits are the causes for sicknesses, but they can keep them away through blood sacrifices. They have a high-priest who is responsible for three or four villages; this priest offers sacrifices for every village. The sacrifice will be followed by a social dinner. The sacrificial goat has to give permission for the sacrifice by nodding its head. The people will wait till the animal nods before slaughtering it. The whole village witnesses the sacrifice, but only the men enjoy the dinner made by cooking the sacrificed animal. All the men gather at the riverside to prepare the dinner. White or black palm liquor may supplement the dinner. The sacrifice animal's skin is stuffed with hay and hung on the village gate. This is to frighten the evil spirits and give courage to the villagers.


What Are Their Needs?

Muria Gond spirituality stresses family and clan gods. Village priests and heads of households carry out these religious duties, which usually involve more blood sacrifices. Other rituals involve offerings of coconuts, flowers, fruits, colored powder or string.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Gond Raja Muria in India.

* Pray for gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Muria Gond people for Jesus and that in God’s sovereign timing their hearts would be open and ready to follow Him.
* Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended Gond families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group.
* Pray for the spiritual lives of the Muria Gond people to become fruitful as they follow Christ.
* Pray for the lives and culture of the Muria Gond people to evidence the rule and reign of the Kingdom of God as they open to the gospel, and for the beauty of Jesus to be seen in them.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/16855/IN
https://peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/gond/
https://www.britannica.com/topic/Gond
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muria_people
http://www2.oberlin.edu/faculty/rknight/muria.htm
https://folkways.si.edu/tribal-music-of-india-the-muria-and-maria-gonds-of-madhya-pradesh/world/album/smithsonian
https://www.britannica.com/topic/Muria


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Gond Raja Muria
People Name in Country Gond Raja Muria
Natural Name Raja Muria Gond
World Population 50,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names गोंद राजा मूरिया
People ID 21035
ROP3 Code 117885
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)
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 1
  Chhattisgarh 50,000
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Gondi, Northern (14,000 speakers)
Language Code gno   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
Chhattisgarhi
11,000
Halbi
7,800
Bhatri
7,800
Hindi
4,200
Muria, Western
2,100
Telugu
1,800
Duruwa
700
Odia
200
Primary Language Gondi, Northern (14,000 speakers)
Language Code gno   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
  Chhattisgarhi 11,000
  Halbi 7,800
  Bhatri 7,800
  Hindi 4,200
  Muria, Western 2,100
  Telugu 1,800
  Duruwa 700
  Odia 200
People Groups Speaking Gondi, Northern

Primary Language:  Gondi, Northern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1872-1987)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1994-1996)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Freedom From Torment
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Gondi, Northern
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
1.03 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
87.21 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
11.75 %
* 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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