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Gond Maria in India

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,524,000 Gondi, Northern Hinduism 0.91 % Unknown   

Gond Maria in India

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Introduction / History
The Abuj Maria are of the Gond people group and are a scheduled tribe. They live in the Bastar district of Madhya Pradesh in the hills. They speak Maria and eat rice and rat meat. Beef is a delicacy for them.

They have several clans. Child marriages take place. They have cousin marriages and the dead are buried. Cultivation is their main work and they also collect forest products. They have a traditional council to look after them. They worship local gods and clan gods.

The Abuj Maria are not keen on education, modern medicine nor family planning.

Prayer Points
* Pray that the council leaders will come to Jesus Christ and lead others to Him.
* Pray that Indian Christians and gospel materials will lead them to salvation.

Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999

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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:1,524,000
Largest States:
Chhattisgarh (608,000)Madhya Pradesh (434,000)
Maharashtra (428,000)Assam (39,000)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Gond Maria
People Name General: Gond Maria
Alternate People Names:
Abuj MariaBada Maria
Bara MariyaChota Maria
Chota MariyaHill Maria
Mariaगोंद मरीया
ROP3 Code: 117053
Joshua Project People ID: 21032
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,524,000
Population all Countries: 1,524,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - Gond
People Name General: Gond Maria
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Gondi, Northern (322,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): gno    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Hindi (289,000)Maria (231,000)
Chhattisgarhi (210,000)Marathi (166,000)
Bhatri (115,000)Halbi (80,000)
Gondi, Adilabad (37,000)Maria, Dandami (25,000)
Telugu (17,000)Assamese (11,000)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 20
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.04 % 
Christianity0.91 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism88.51 % 
Islam0.13 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.01 % 
Unknown10.41 % 
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: 1872-1987
New Testament:
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 RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFreedom From Torment
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Gondi, Northern
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
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Gond Maria in India

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    South Asia Tribal - Gond     Asia, South    
      Gond Maria India    
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      Hinduism     Gondi, Northern  
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