Ghosi (Hindu traditions) in India

Ghosi (Hindu traditions)
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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Ghosi (Hindu traditions)
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 290,000
World Population: 290,000
Primary Language: Hindi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.06 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Ghosi name comes from the Sanskrit word ghush, which means "to shout." The reason for this is that the Ghosi are herdsmen who are noted for shouting as they herd their cattle. The raising of cattle for their milk has been the traditional work of the Ghosi for centuries, and it continues still today. They can be found in several north Indian states, most notably Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and West Bengal. They speak Hindi and read and write in Devanagari.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They still work mainly in agriculture, especially in the area of animal husbandry. Upon the death of the father, property goes to the sons except that women can keep her ornaments. The Ghosi are endogamous, meaning they prefer marriage within their group. They allow for divorce and remarriage. They have a council to settle disputes called the Jati Biradari Sabha.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They are Hindus. Hindus tend to worship whatever god they believe will provide them with protection and aid.

What Are Their Needs?

Believers with skills in veterinarian medicine can meet an economic need for these herdsmen.

Prayer Points

* Pray that the council leaders will put their faith in Him and lead others into a movement to Christ. * Pray that gospel materials will lead them to salvation. *Pray for faithful intercessors and workers.

Text Source:   Keith Carey