Sonjhari Gond in India

The Sonjhari Gond 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 Sonjhari are one of the subgroups of the Gonds. Their name comes from extracting gold from riverbeds and drains. They speak Laria with each other. This language is a blend of Gondi and Oriya. They live in Maharashtra.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Extracting gold is what many of them do for a living. The Sonjhari Gonds prefer cousin marriages. The women play a large part in helping with the needed income. They have extended families and children are expected to obey their elders. They have a traditional council to settle disagreements among them. They are not well educated, so the gospel will need to be given in oral form.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They worship their ancestors. Unlike most Hindu people groups they bury their dead.


What Are Their Needs?

The Sonjhari Gonds need the abundant blessings of Jesus Christ who came to give life to the full.


Prayer Points

Pray that the council leaders come to Jesus Christ and open the door for a movement to Christ. Pray that gospel recordings and the JESUS Film to become easily available. Pray for a spiritual hunger that will lead them to the only Savior. Pray for intercessors and workers.


Scripture Prayers for the Gond Sonjhari in India.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Gond Sonjhari
People Name in Country Gond Sonjhari
Natural Name Sonjhari Gond
Population this Country 57,000
Population all Countries 57,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Jhareka; Sonjhari; गोंद सोनझारी
People ID 21038
ROP3 Code 117888
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)
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
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 1
  Maharashtra 57,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.10 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
96.61 %
Islam
0.12 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
3.16 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Gondi, Northern (25,000 speakers)
Language Code gno   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
Marathi
21,000
Hindi
1,500
Bhatri
200
Telugu
200
Chhattisgarhi
70
Halbi
30
Kolami, Northwestern
20
Primary Language Gondi, Northern (25,000 speakers)
Language Code gno   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
  Marathi 21,000
  Hindi 1,500
  Bhatri 200
  Telugu 200
  Chhattisgarhi 70
  Halbi 30
  Kolami, Northwestern 20
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
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture Talking Bibles
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Gondi, Northern Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book General / Other
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