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Mahuria in India

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
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Mahuria in India

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Introduction / History
The Mahuria are a small business and land-owning community. They claim that their ancestors came from a place known as Mathura, thus the name. Today they recall the migration of their ancestors through oral stories.

Where are they located?
The Mahuria people live in Odisha and Bihar, two states in eastern India.

What are their lives like?
As landowners, the Mahuria people have more prestige and property than most rural communities. They probably have high status, since they are pure vegetarians.

This landowning caste needs a good harvest to maintain their lifestyle. For that reason, they use chemical fertilizers. They hire non-landed people to work their fields.

In marriage alliances they stick with their own people group but do not marry those from other gotras or clans. Families arrange marriages for the younger generation once they reach adulthood, and men usually marry between ages 22-25 and women between 20-22. They perform marriage rituals at the bride's family's home. After the groom's party arrives, they are greeted and given a feast by the bride's family. After four days the couple goes to the groom's home where there is another feast.

What are their beliefs?
Many younger members of the Mahuria community have joined various Hindu sects. At the family household level, the Mahuria people worship both Lakshmi and Ganesh, two deities that Hindus believe will bring economic prosperity. They visit shrines along with other Hindu communities.

What are their needs?
Though this group is economically prosperous, they need the spiritual prosperity that only a relationship with Jesus Christ can provide.

Prayer Points
Pray for families of Mahuria believers loving and serving others to grow reproducing churches.
Pray for a chain reaction of Mahuria families reaching families that results in thousands of new believers who share their faith with others.
Pray for grace and truth expanding into the entire Mahuria society as all believers learn to love others.
Pray that churches and believers will bless their entire people group in such a way that God's love will change the Mahuria people like yeast changes dough.

People of India, Odisha, vol. XVI, pp. 1085-1089, K.S. Singh

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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:8,000
Largest States:
Odisha (6,900)West Bengal (600)
Jharkhand (400)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Mahuria
People Name General: Mahuria
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 112806
Joshua Project People ID: 17406
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 8,000
Population all Countries: 8,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
People Name General: Mahuria
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Odia (6,100 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ory    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Magahi (400)Bengali (300)
Total Languages: 3
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.78 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.22 % 
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: 1811-1956
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1815-2021
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
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Audio RecordingsOnline Audio Scripture
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Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories
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Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
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Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Odia
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Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
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Text / Printed MatterBible: Odia
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
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Mahuria in India

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People Cluster
    South Asia Dalit - other     Asia, South    
      Mahuria India    
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