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Map Source: People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
|People Name:||Gond Mannewar|
|Primary Language:||Gondi, Adilabad|
|Christian Adherents:||0.93 %|
|Online Audio NT:||No|
|People Cluster:||South Asia Tribal - Gond|
|Affinity Bloc:||South Asian Peoples|
Their name is related to forest dwellers. The Mannewar Gonds are a scheduled tribe of Maharashtra who speak Telugu.
They work mostly as day laborers with some working in agriculture. Women help with providing for their families. They are not vegetarians. The Mannewar Gonds have cousin and uncle-niece marriages. They have a traditional community council to look after them. In the towns and cities they make use of programs that help them economically.
The Mannewar Gonds practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. 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 other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.
The Mannewar Gonds need the abundant blessings offered by Jesus Christ so their communities can be transformed socially and spiritually.
Pray that the council leaders come to Jesus Christ and lead their community into a movement to Christ. Pray for spiritual hunger that will lead them to the foot of the cross. Pray for workers.