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Groma in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
700 Groma Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Groma in India

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Introduction / History
Little is known about the Groma. Most anthropological and linguistic sources do not mention them. It is probable that the Groma have been counted as part of the Tibetan nationality in China and may be culturally and ethnically indistinguishable from other Tibetans in the region. The Chinese authorities have included many distinct language groups under the Tibetan nationality, based primarily on their adherence to Tibetan Buddhism.

The cornerstone of emerging Tibetan civilization was the Yarlung Valley area, about 80 kilometers (49 mi.) southeast of Lhasa. There, according to tradition, the union of a monkey and a she-devil created the Tibetan race. Around AD 600, the warrior king Namri Gampo began the work of unifying the clans of Tibet. It was his son, Songtsen Gampo, who consolidated the empire and established Tibet as a military power to be reckoned with.

Where are they located?
Most of the Groma people live in Tibet, but a small number live in northeastern India.

What are their lives like?
Some Groma families practice polyandry, meaning that one woman can have more than one husband. They herd yaks, sheep, and goats. Operation China says, "Groma women do most of the work. The men often spend their days drinking and gambling…." The only thing unique about them as a Tibetan group is their language.

What are their beliefs?
Tibetan Tantric Buddhism dominates the Groma. Pilgrimages to holy sites (such as Mt. Kailas) are often undertaken by devoted pilgrims.

What are their needs?
The Groma people need the opportunity to experience the abundant life that only Jesus Christ offers those who follow Him.

Prayer Points
Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Groma people in India teachable and understanding hearts.
Pray that a strong movement of the Holy Spirit will bring entire Groma families into a rich experience of God's blessing.
Pray for Groma families to be drawn by the Holy Spirit to seek forgiveness, and to understand the adequacy of Christ's work on the cross.
Pray for teams of believers to do sustained, focused prayer for the Lord to open the hearts of Groma family leaders to experience God's blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.


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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:11 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:700
Largest States:
Sikkim (700)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Groma
People Name General: Groma
Alternate People Names:
Chomo TibetanChumbi Tibetan
Chuo-mu TibetanGromo
Zhuomu Tibetan ग्रॉंा
ROP3 Code: 103488
Joshua Project People ID: 11946
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 700
Population all Countries: 20,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
People Name General: Groma
Ethnic Code: CNN25
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Primary Language: Groma (600 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): gro    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Sikkimese (100)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism100.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
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
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
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Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
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