Gond Muria in India

Gond Muria
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People Name: Gond Muria
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 814,000
World Population: 814,000
Primary Language: Hindi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.94 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - Gond
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Muria are a group of the Gond and are a scheduled caste. They live in the Bastar region of Madhya Pradesh. They are not vegetarians and eat rice. Clan names are used by them as surnames. They have cross-cousin marriages and the dead are buried.

The Muria are cultivators and they also sell products that come from the forest. They have a traditional village council to look after them. Hinduism is their religion. They are skilled at basket making. They use traditional medicines rather than using modern medicines.

The Muria have a comb that represents love and friendship.

What Are Their Beliefs?

An oral tradition in Gond Muria culture: There was a great rain and the first world was drowned. But Gajabhimul put a brother and a sister--their names were Kawachi and Kuhrami--in a gourd called Dadha Burka Kawachi. This gourd drifted to and fro until at last it ran aground on a great rock. Mahapurub sent out a crow to search for men. The crow flew and flew and flew: what did it see? It saw water and a gourd on a great rock. … From the gourd Kawachi and Kuhrami came out."

Prayer Points

Pray that the Muria council leaders will come to Jesus Christ and lead others to Him.
Pray that God will give them dreams and visions leading them to salvation.

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