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Guria in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
719,000 Odia Hinduism 0.07 % Unknown   

Guria in India

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Introduction / History
The Guria are a subset of the larger Halwai Indian caste. The Guria live in east central India and specialize in making candy and sweets. "Gur" means unrefined sugar. Most Guria make confections and sell the sweets in shops they own. They would fit into the Indian middle class. Some Guria produce candy in factories and would be thought of as wealthy. Candies and sweets play a big part in Hindu births, weddings and holidays. All Hindus will purchase and eat candy made by the Guria, even the Brahmin highest caste.

The Guria encourage higher education in both their sons and daughters. Some Guria have left their traditional occupation of making candy and work in public service jobs, as merchants and in agriculture. University graduates work in professions like medicine, law, in engineering and in computer science.

The primary language of the Guria is Odia. They also speak Hindi and other regional languages. College educated Guria speak English.

Where are they located?
The vast majority of the Guria live in the east Indian state of Odisha. Smaller groups of Guria live throughout the nation of India.

What are their lives like?
The Guria are proud of their Hindu heritage and their profession of making candy and sweets. They are endogamous, that is, they marry within their caste. Parents arrange marriages with the consent of the young people. The newly married couple lives with or near the groom's family. This practice is changing as young people often move to urban areas to start their own businesses.

The Guria pay Brahmin priests to officiate at their important life ceremonies. Sons inherit property when the father dies. The eldest son takes the family home and becomes responsible for his mother and younger siblings. Their dead are cremated and the ashes scattered in a holy river.

The Guria are not vegetarians. As Hindus, they will not eat beef. Their main foods are rice, wheat, lentils, dairy products and seasonal vegetables and fruit. The use of alcohol is frowned upon.

What are their beliefs?
Almost all Guria practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon including Shiva, the destroyer god and his wife Durga, the mother-warrior goddess. The Guria also worship the god of good fortune and wisdom, Ganesha. The Guria visit Hindu temples to offer prayers, incense, flowers and foods to their gods. The Guria perform rituals and good works in an attempt to break from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth.

The Guria participate in the yearly Hindu holidays like Holi, the spring festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of lights, Ramnavmi, Rama's birthday and Janamashtami, Krishna's birthday.

What are their needs?
The Guria need to hear the life-changing message of Jesus Christ in a way they can understand. They need to see the love of Christ practiced by his followers. The Guria need to see that true wealth is found only in Jesus Christ not in their financial assets.

Prayer Points
* Pray for Guria families to be drawn to Jesus and to the Bible to find out more about this man, Jesus.
* Pray the Lord will open the hearts of the Guria people to desire God's blessings through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.
* Pray that many of the Guria people will come to love God with their whole being and will walk in His ways.


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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: South Asia
Persecution Rank:11 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:719,000
Largest States:
Odisha (703,000)Jharkhand (4,600)
Assam (2,900)Andhra Pradesh (2,300)
Chhattisgarh (2,300)West Bengal (2,200)
Manipur (600)Delhi (500)
Maharashtra (200)Nagaland (100)
Total States on file:16
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Guria
People Name General: Guria
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 112172
Joshua Project People ID: 16886
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 719,000
Population all Countries: 719,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Oriya
People Name General: Guria
Ethnic Code: CNN25l
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Odia (663,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ory    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Hindi (24,000)Bengali (14,000)
Chhattisgarhi (4,700)Kui (2,000)
Assamese (1,800)Pengo (1,300)
Santhali (1,200)Mundari: Bhumij (1,100)
Juang (500)Kurux (500)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 17
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.07 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.93 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1811-1956
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1815-2004
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Odia
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoRivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible
Text / Printed MatterBible: ODIA - Oriya
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Guria in India

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      Guria India    
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