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Gosain in Nepal


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

Gosain in Nepal

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Introduction / History
By tradition, the Gossain people have removed themselves from material pleasures. They live by collecting alms and looking after temples. They are what are called ascetics, fully devoted to the religious system of Hinduism.

Where are they located?
The vast majority of the Gosain people live throughout India, but a smaller number live either in Nepal or Bangladesh.

What are their lives like?
The Gosain people perform all kinds of duties and work all kinds of jobs. Gosain families usually arrange marriages. They have one spouse. Most marriages only involve adults. If the wife cannot have children, the husband is allowed to keep his wife while marrying again. The Gosain community allows for divorce in cases of adultery, cruelty and impotence. Divorcees and the bereaved are permitted to remarry. Gossain boys are educated, but the literacy level among girls is low. Sons inherit property, and the oldest son becomes leader of the family. Women are involved in social, religious and ritual matters.

Gosain people have organizations that are national, regional and local that oversee social, economic, religious, and educational needs. A traditional community council is elected in the villages. They determine matters of divorce and family. When found guilty, they fine the guilty or have them ostracized. Money from the fines is given to a Shiva temple or to pay for a feast for the local people.

What are their beliefs?
The Gosain are very religious Hindus. They worship the Hindu god Shiva.

What are their needs?
The Gosain people in Nepal need the humility to accept that they are sinners in need of a Savior, and that only Jesus Christ can fill that role.

Prayer Points
Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Gosain people in Nepal teachable and understanding hearts.
Pray that a strong movement of the Holy Spirit will bring entire Gosain families into a rich experience of God's blessing.
Pray for Gosain 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 Gosain family leaders to experience God's blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.


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Country: Nepal
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:2,000
Largest Provinces:
Mahakali (700)Kosi (300)
Bagmati (300)Lumbini (300)
Seti (300)Bheri (100)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Gosain
People Name General: Gosain
Alternate People Names:
BhartiDaure Gosaviati
ROP3 Code: 112144
Joshua Project People ID: 16862
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 2,000
Population all Countries: 1,386,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Gosain
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Maithili (500 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mai    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Dotyali (300)Awadhi (300)
Kumaoni (200)Bhojpuri (200)
Hindi (100)Nepali (80)
Total Languages: 7
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
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Yes
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
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Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Maithili
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path
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Gosain in Nepal

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People Cluster
    South Asia Hindu - other     Asia, South    
      Gosain Nepal    
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