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Matia in India

Matia

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
197,000 Bengali Hinduism 0.01 % Unknown   

Matia in India

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Summary
The Matia (or Matya) people are a tribal group who have long been farmers. They are subdivided into three sub-groups, which are divided into clans, which are further divided into lineages. The lineages regulate marriage alliances. Preferred marriage partners are first cousins. Literacy rates are quite low. The Matia worship the village deity Thakurani and celebrate the festivals Dhunauakhia and Dual Dei.

Ministry Obstacles
Lack of prayer and lack of workers remain as serious deficiencies to the advance of the good news about Jesus throughout South Asia.

Outreach Ideas
Low literacy rates mean the Gospel message needs to come primarily in oral form. Perhaps the Lord will send workers who know how to tell stories from scripture. They live in Bangladesh and Bhutan (a tiny group in Bhutan), as well as in India.

Pray for the followers of Christ
A few of the Matia have reported themselves as Christians to the census of India. Please pray for these Christians, that they will understand the distinction between a cultural or nominal Christian and one who has entered into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. Pray they will become real disciples of Jesus, living holy lives in the power of the Lord's Spirit.

Pray for the entire people group
Please pray for improved literacy rates, for better medical care, and for an improved standard of living for this community. Pray especially for the youth to have better access to schools and for parents to make schooling a priority for their children.

Scripture Focus
"I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to You among the nations ... Be exalted above the heavens, O God; Let Your glory be above all the earth." Psalm 57:9-11

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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: South Asia
Persecution Rank:15 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:197,000
Largest States:
West Bengal (164,000)Odisha (27,000)
Jharkhand (2,000)Tripura (1,200)
Andaman and Nicobar Islands (700)Bihar (500)
Delhi (400)Chhattisgarh (300)
Meghalaya (200)Uttar Pradesh (100)
Total States on file:19
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Matia
People Name General: Matia
Alternate People Names:
Mati BhumiaMati Bhumiya
MattiaMattiya
Matyaमतिया
ROP3 Code: 112874
Joshua Project People ID: 17466
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 197,000
Population all Countries: 235,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Bengali
People Name General: Matia
Ethnic Code: CNN25b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Bengali (154,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ben    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Odia (17,000)Telugu (5,800)
Hindi (5,500)Koda (400)
Pengo (400)Santhali (300)
Bhatri (200)Kuvi (200)
Kurux (200)Maithili (100)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 22
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.01 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.95 % 
Islam0.01 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.03 % 
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
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1800-1980
New Testament:
1801-1984Audio
Complete Bible: 1809-2000
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 RecordingsBengali Bible stories
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament - Bangla Version (F ...
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament - Mussolmani Versio ...
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament- Common Version (FC ...
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoI Am Guilty (Indigitube.tv)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Bengali
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)
Film / VideoThe Burning Heart (Indigitube.tv)
Film / VideoThe Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGods Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBible: Mussulmani-Bangla, Kitabul Mukkad ...
Text / Printed MatterBible: Standard Bangla Common Language
Text / Printed MatterBible: কিতাবুল মোক ...
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterChrist for the Nations
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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Matia in India

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