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Gardi (Hindu traditions) in India



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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
5,400 Dogri Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % No   

Gardi (Hindu traditions) in India

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Introduction / History
The 4,400 Gardi people of Jammu and Kashmir are a community of professional musicians. On the surface, they appear to be like the better known Jogis, but the latter sing in Hindu places of worship, whereas the Gardis sing at both religious and social functions. They make their own musical instruments of one or two strings. The men sing folk songs that may be romantic or religious in nature. They also do public narrations of folk tales about royals or some martial race in their region. They speak Dogri, one of the main languages in their part of northern India.

What are their lives like?
Gardi girls get married on the average at age 18, and their boys marry at about 22. Most of them have monogamous marriages. Their weddings are solemnized at the bride's residence and the nuptial ceremony is performed at the groom's home. In addition to their domestic duties, Gardi women often work outside the home whether they work in a rural or an urban setting.

The Gardi people are branching out into other forms of work such as day labor, animal husbandry, petty business, and government service. In the last couple of decades many Gardi people have acquired land for farming. They prefer modern medical care, but if it's not available in their region, they fall back on traditional medicine. They now have access to clean water, electricity, and post offices.

What are their beliefs?
This is a Hindu people who primarily worship the god Arud because his melodious voice, and because he escorted the powerful Rama during his search for the goddess Sita.

Prayer Points
Pray that they will give Jesus their all, so that they will have no room in their hearts of Arud or any other god.

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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:10 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:5,400
Largest States:
Jammu and Kashmir (4,700)Punjab (600)
Himachal Pradesh (70)Chandigarh (60)
Delhi (50)Uttarakhand (10)
Total States on file:6
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Gardi (Hindu traditions)
People Name General: Gardi (Hindu traditions)
Alternate People Names:
Gardhiगार्दी (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 112220
Joshua Project People ID: 16922
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 5,400
Population all Countries: 5,400
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - Other
People Name General: Gardi (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25n
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Language
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Primary Language: Dogri (2,900 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): dgo    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Hindi (1,200)Kashmiri (900)
Punjabi, Eastern (300)Garhwali (Unknown)
Bhadrawahi (Unknown)
Total Languages: 6
   
 
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 %
 
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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: 1883-1971
New Testament:
1826-2017
Complete Bible: None Reported
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 RecordingsOral Bible stories in Dogri
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Dogri
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible (Bibles India)
 
 
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