People Group Info
Total Population: 14,000ROP3 Code: 104844
IMB Affinity Group: South Asian Peoples
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Other South Asian
Language: Goan Konkani - (gom)
Country of Origin: India
The Goans describes the people of Goa, India, who form an ethno-linguistic group resulting from the assimilation of Indo-Aryan, Dravidian, Indo-Portuguese and Austro-Asiatic ethnic and/or linguistic ancestries.
Their primary language is Goan Konkani. Konkani spoken by the Catholics is notably different from those of the Hindus, with a lot of Portuguese influence in its vocabulary.
Goans are predominantly Hindus followed by Roman Catholics and a small Muslim community. Hindus in Goa are divided into many different castes and sub-castes, known as Jatis. As a result, there are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. Portuguese names are common among Roman Catholics.
Although the Goan diaspora are dispersed in many areas, they retain their unique people group identity through the establishment of Goan assocications, which can be discovered via a google search.