Ghogia in India

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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Ghogia
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 1,000
World Population: 1,000
Primary Language: Odia
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

Traditionally the Ghogia people were weavers. They once were shunned by other communities for their low status, even having to find separate water sources. They weren't given adequate education.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Though these traditional weavers have lost their livelihood to factories, most are living better than they did before India's independence in 1947. Many are able to make a living off of the land the Indian government has given them. Some are acquiring good education and government jobs. They are not separated from other communities like they were in the past.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Ghogia people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.

Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.

What Are Their Needs?

There is no spiritual progress among these people. They are still worshiping a myriad of Hindu gods and goddesses. Though they are not separated from others, they are separated from the One True God.

Prayer Points

Pray that the Ghogia people will have access to the good news of Jesus Christ and be raised up spiritually.

Pray that they will accept him and truly become messengers and disciples of Christ.

Pray for loving ambassadors of Christ to go to the Ghogia people.

Pray for abundant blessings of the Ghogia through a new allegiance to the Lord.

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