Matang (Hindu traditions) in India

The Matang (Hindu traditions) have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Subgroups: 34 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
Garodi 63,000
Assal 36,000
Holar 35,000
Tokarphode 24,000
Zare 13,000
Bale 9,800
Dakkalgar 8,100
Mochi 7,000
Pend 4,100
Dhor 4,000

Introduction / History

History The Matangi are a small group of Dalits who live in southwest India. Dalits are considered outside the standard four caste Hindu social system and face daily discrimination by other Hindus. According to Buddhist legend, a Matangi girl was asked by a follower of the Buddha for water. The girl answered that she could not give him water due to the fact that she was a Dalit, or a person outside of the Hindu caste system. The Buddhist man said he wanted water and did not care what caste she was from. The girl left her village and became a Buddhist nun. The primary language of the Matangi is Telugu. Many resources are available in Telugu including a complete Bible and the JESUS Film. The gospel will need to be presented to the Matangi in visual and oral forms. The greatest numbers of Matangi of India live in the Indian state of Telangana. Some also live in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Matangi do manual labor such as digging holes for construction sites. Some do farm work on land owned by others. Most of Matangi live in extreme poverty. Most cannot read or write. A few have taken advantage of India's public schools and found better jobs. The Matangi are known for having tattoos. They have their own music and drama based on oral tradition. Families arrange marriages within the Matangi group. Cousin marriages are common with the girls marrying as young a 11 or 12. A man can have multiple wives if he can afford them. Property is inherited by the sons. Their dead are cremated. Village elders settle legal issues and promote Matangi interests


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Matangi practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They may get their name from the Hindu goddess, Matangi. She is worshipped as the goddess of music and supernatural power by her devotees. She is one of the many forms of the mother goddess Devi. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Matangi people visit Hindu shrines and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians do. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. The main yearly holidays of the Matangi people are Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the celebration of autumn and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday. The caste system divides Hindus into four main categories - Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and the Shudras. Dalits and tribal peoples are outside of the caste system. Unfortunately, the Matangi belong to this last Dalit group.


What Are Their Needs?

As a Dalit group, the Matangi people have huge needs. Most of all they need to hear and understand the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. The Matangi would benefit by teams of teachers and medical workers coming to them. The Matangi need job skills that can help raise their low standard of living.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Matang (Hindu traditions) in India.

* Pray that village elders come to Jesus Christ and lead the others of the Matangi to salvation also. * Pray that God has teams of workers go to the Matangi to help with their physical needs. * Pray for an unstoppable disciple making movement begins and flourishes among the Matangi. * Pray that the Lord sends Hindu background believers to tell the Matangi about Jesus.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-10-12
People Name General Matang (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Matang (Hindu traditions)
Population this Country 2,585,000
Population all Countries 2,585,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 52
Alternate Names Madiga; Mang; Mang Garodi; Mang Garudi; Mangela; Matgar; Minimadig; मातंग (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17463
ROP3 Code 112871
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster South Asia Dalit - other
People Group Matang (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25
Total Subgroups 34 (only 15 largest shown)
  Garodi 63,000
  Assal 36,000
  Holar 35,000
  Tokarphode 24,000
  Zare 13,000
  Bale 9,800
  Dakkalgar 8,100
  Mochi 7,000
  Pend 4,100
  Dhor 4,000
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 22
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Maharashtra
2,492,000
Madhya Pradesh
29,000
Karnataka
26,000
Telangana
13,000
Gujarat
13,000
Chhattisgarh
3,600
Rajasthan
2,100
Tamil Nadu
1,500
Goa
1,200
Delhi
800
Kerala
400
Dadra and Nagar Have
300
Uttar Pradesh
300
West Bengal
200
Assam
90
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 22  (only 20 largest shown)
  Maharashtra 2,492,000
  Madhya Pradesh 29,000
  Karnataka 26,000
  Telangana 13,000
  Gujarat 13,000
  Chhattisgarh 3,600
  Rajasthan 2,100
  Tamil Nadu 1,500
  Goa 1,200
  Delhi 800
  Kerala 400
  Dadra and Nagar Have 300
  Uttar Pradesh 300
  West Bengal 200
  Assam 90
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Marathi (2,522,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 14
Secondary Languages
Hindi
38,000
Ahirani
9,100
Konkani
6,500
Khandesi
4,900
Konkani, Goan
3,400
Gujarati
2,000
Kannada
1,900
Chhattisgarhi
1,400
Kacchi
1,300
Malvi
900
English
600
Nimadi
600
Dangi
Primary Language Marathi (2,522,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 14
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 38,000
  Ahirani 9,100
  Konkani 6,500
  Khandesi 4,900
  Konkani, Goan 3,400
  Gujarati 2,000
  Kannada 1,900
  Chhattisgarhi 1,400
  Kacchi 1,300
  Malvi 900
  English 600
  Nimadi 600
  Dangi 0
People Groups Speaking Marathi

Primary Language:  Marathi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1807-1957)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1982)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1821-2015)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Marathi
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Marathi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Audio Bible app as APK File from FCBH
Mobile App Download Audio Bible app from Google Play Store
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: मराठी - Marathi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
7.83 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.15 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
91.98 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.03 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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