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Goriya (Hindu traditions) in India

Goriya (Hindu traditions)

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
384,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Goriya (Hindu traditions) in India

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Introduction / History
Goriya are also known as Gaur. They are one of the lower castes in Hinduism. Traditionally the Goriya were fishermen and ferrymen. Domination by higher castes has "scarred" them even to this day.

Where are they located?
Goriya people live in Uttar Pradesh, and are found mainly in Faizabad, Janupur, Sultanpur and Varanasi in the eastern part of the state.

What are their lives like?
Goriya people are fishermen and boatmen. They also work as farmers, laborers, and some own small businesses.

They eat poultry, fish, mutton and pork, wheat and rice, seasonable vegetables, fruit, and dairy products. Because of their Hindu religion they do not eat beef. Their literacy rate is low, especially for the girls. They use modern medicines and native medicines.

The Goriyas have traditional councils controlling social matters. Parents and family members arrange marriages, and they only marry within their community. Though child marriages are common, they are less common than they were a generation ago. The Goriya people allow for divorce. Divorcees and the bereaved can marry again.

A father's property is given equally to his sons. Though the men hold the power, they still value women. Women maintain the households, and help their husbands on the farm, collect fuel, and carry water. Women are involved in religious rites and social occasions.

Goriya people speak Awadhi and Hindi. They read and write in Devanagari.

What are their beliefs?
Goriyas are Hindus and worship many gods. They also worship family, ancestors, village and regional gods. They believe in the occult and in reincarnation. They celebrate most Hindu festivals.

Brahmin priests perform their birth, marriage and death rituals. A set period of birth pollution takes place until the priest does a purification ritual and the newborn baby is named. They perform head shaving ceremonies for boys and girls. The Goriya dead are cremated and they have a thirteen-day death pollution period. Then there is a ceremony and they give a feast for the peace of the bereaved person.

What are their needs?
The greatest need of Goriya people is to know God who created them who is almighty. They need to know that there is no god beside Him.

Prayer Points
Please pray that believers go to the Goriya in friendship and love and give them the gospel message.
Pray that existing churches will be strengthened by persecution, and they will soon reach Goryia people.


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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:384,000
Largest States:
Uttar Pradesh (381,000)
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People Name in Country: Goriya (Hindu traditions)
People Name General: Goriya (Hindu traditions)
Alternate People Names:
Goreगोरिया (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 112143
Joshua Project People ID: 16861
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 384,000
Population all Countries: 385,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Goriya (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
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Primary Language: Hindi (198,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): hin    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Awadhi (95,000)Kanauji (22,000)
Bhojpuri (7,900)
Total Languages: 4
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism100.00 % 
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
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: 1806-1962
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1835-2022
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