Garmatang in India

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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Garmatang
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 500
World Population: 500
Primary Language: Gujarati
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Garmatang people of India's western state of Gujarat consider themselves to be priests for certain other Dalit communities. Though they have been priests in the past, most of them are now agricultural laborers, wage laborers or petty traders.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They still practice child marriage. Most of the time their marriages are monogamous, and they prefer to marry cross-cousins. They sometimes have a bride price (where the groom's family pays the bride's family) or dowries (where the bride's family pays the groom's family). Under certain circumstances they allow for divorce. Divorced people are allowed to remarry.

What Are Their Beliefs?

These Hindus worship their ancestors, but their principle deity is Ganesh. They also worship Rama, Krishna, Hanumanji, Sitla mat and other Hindu deities as well.

What Are Their Needs?

Prayer Points

Pray that they will taste and see that the Lord is good in such a powerful way that they will forsake all other gods.

There are many Christian resources in Gujarati, the Garmatang's primary language. Pray for the Garmatang to have easy access to these.

Pray for dreams and visions to open their hearts to the King of kings.

Pray for Garmatang disciples to make more disciples.

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