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Mundari in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
31,000 Mundari Hinduism 5.23 % Unknown   

Mundari in India

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Introduction / History
The Munda of Bangladesh are part of the larger Munda group, most of whom live in India. Racially the Mundas are proto-Australoid. Within Bangladesh they tend to live in villages which are separate from but near Bengali villages in western Rajshahi division. There are also some Munda living on the tea estates of Sylhet division. The Munda living on the tea estates do manual labor in the tea gardens for a daily wage. Many of those living in Rajshahi division work as seasonal day laborers for Bengali land owners.

The Munda in Bangladesh used to own and farm their own land, but in recent years many have lost a lot of their land and now are dependent on the meager daily wages they receive when there is work for day laborers. As a result, many Mundas live day-to-day, waiting to buy their food for the evening until they have received their pay for that day. Thus,
some major needs of the Munda are job skills training and also land rights intervention. The Munda who live in Rajshahi division are primarily Christian, and among the Christians, most are Catholic. A smaller portion of those living on the tea estates of Sylhet division are Christian. Many call themselves Hindu, though they may in actuality follow a traditional religion. Nominalism is prevalent among the Munda of Bangladesh, and an evangelical mission could work to meet not only their physical needs but also their spiritual needs.

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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:31,000
Largest States:
Odisha (31,000)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
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People Name in Country: Mundari
People Name General: Mundari
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 115282
Joshua Project People ID: 19041
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 31,000
Population all Countries: 31,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
People Name General: Mundari
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Mundari (13,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): unr    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Odia (6,000)Ho (1,900)
Munda (1,600)Kuvi (1,300)
Hindi (700)Chhattisgarhi (400)
Santhali (300)Bengali (300)
Kharia (100)Kurux (80)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 22
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.18 % 
Christianity5.23 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism92.26 % 
Islam0.14 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.01 % 
Unknown2.18 % 
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]   Evangelicals have only a very small representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1876-1965
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1910-2002
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 New Testament
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Mundari
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralGospel website in this language
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterTopical Scripture booklets and Bible stu ...
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Mundari in India

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