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Matia in India

Matia

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
241,000 Bengali Hinduism 0.05 % Unknown   

Matia in India

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Introduction / History
The Matia (or Matya) people are a tribal group who have long been farmers. They are subdivided into three sub-groups, which are divided into clans, which are further divided into lineages. They live in Bangladesh and Bhutan (a tiny group in Bhutan), as well as in India.

What are their lives like?
The lineages regulate marriage alliances. Preferred marriage partners are first cousins. Literacy rates are low.

What are their beliefs?
The Matia worship the village deity Thakurani and celebrate the festivals Dhunauakhia and Dual Dei.

What are their needs?
Lack of prayer and lack of workers remain as serious deficiencies to the advance of the good news about Jesus throughout South Asia.

Low literacy rates mean the gospel message needs to come primarily in oral form. Perhaps the Lord will send workers who know how to tell stories from scripture.

Prayer Points
A few of the Matia have reported themselves as Christians to the census of India. Please pray for these Christians, that they will understand the distinction between a cultural or nominal Christian and one who has entered into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. Pray they will become real disciples of Jesus, living holy lives in the power of the Lord's Spirit. Please pray for improved literacy rates, for better medical care, and for an improved standard of living for this community. Pray especially for the youth to have better access to schools and for parents to make schooling a priority for their children.

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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:241,000
Largest States:
West Bengal (197,000)Odisha (36,000)
Jharkhand (2,200)Tripura (1,300)
Andaman and Nicobar Islands (800)Bihar (500)
Chhattisgarh (400)Delhi (400)
Meghalaya (200)Uttar Pradesh (100)
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Matia
People Name General: Matia
Alternate People Names:
Mati BhumiaMati Bhumiya
MattiaMattiya
Matyaमतिया
ROP3 Code: 112874
Joshua Project People ID: 17466
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 241,000
Population all Countries: 268,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Matia
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Bengali (165,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ben    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Odia (19,000)Hindi (9,000)
Telugu (8,500)Koda (300)
Santhali (300)Bhatri (300)
Kurux (200)Kuvi (200)
Pengo (100)Koya (100)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 21
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.05 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.92 % 
Islam0.02 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.01 % 
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: 1800-1980
New Testament:
1801-1984Audio
Complete Bible: 1809-2022
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsOnline Audio Scripture
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
Film / VideoGod's Love Story
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / VideoIndigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoRivka video
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralWalk with the Prophets and meet the Mess ...
GeneralZume Resources
GeneralZume Training
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
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Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app from Google Pla ...
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Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible: Bengali
Text / Printed MatterBible: Bengali
Text / Printed MatterBible: Bengali
Text / Printed MatterBible: Comic Book Version
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterChrist for the Nations
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Bengali
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path
Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
Text / Printed MatterTopical Scripture booklets and Bible stu ...
 
 
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Matia in India

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