Gandia in India

Gandia
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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Gandia
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 400
World Population: 400
Primary Language: Hindi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
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Introduction / History

The Gandia people used to be primitive and often isolated, but of late they are slowly merging with mainstream Indian society and are seeing much development.

Where Are they Located?

The Gandia people live in Rajasthan, a state in northwestern India.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Gandia are mainly farmers but also work as daily laborers when they do not have work in their fields.

The Gandia love socializing. They make use of every opportunity to meet their friends and relatives. A weekly market in each locality draws many people for this purpose, not just for selling and buying. Young boys and girls also use these socializing events to choose their life partners.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Gandia people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. 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. They visit Hindu temples 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 or Jews. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

The main yearly holidays of the Gandia 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.

What Are Their Needs?

The Gandia people need to find ways to make a good living so they can afford to give their children higher education. This will result in economic advancement.

Prayer Points

* Pray for the Gandia culture to be renewed and enhanced by a work of the Holy Spirit and shaped into a God-centered and God-honoring mold.
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to move among Gandia family and community leaders to seek His face and enjoy His blessings.
* Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers who will be compelled to nurture a disciple making movement among the Gandia people.
* Pray that soon the Gandia people will have faith that will lead them to live honorable lives that will draw others to the Savior.

Text Source:   Keith Carey