||165,000 (2000). 141,200 Maria and 23,700 Hill Maria.
||Maharashtra, Garhchiroli (Chanda) District, Etapalli, Bhamragad, and Sironcha tahsils; Chhattisgarh, Bastar District, Narayanpur and Bijapur tahsils. In Narayanpur, an administrative block of 200 villages is known as ‘Abujhmar block’.
||Hill Maria, Madi, Madia, Madiya, Modh, Modi
||Abujmaria (Abujhmadia, Abujhmaria, Abujmariya, Abujmar Maria, Hill Maria), Adewada, Bhamani Maria (Bhamani), Etapally Maria. Etapally Maria dialect is apparently understood by all. A separate language from Muria, Dandami Maria [daq], Northern Gondi [gno], Southern Gondi [ggo], and Koya [kff]. 76%–77% intelligibility with other Gondi varieties. Muria Gondi is intelligible to Abujmaria around Narainpur area but not elsewhere. “Distinct from Maria dialect of Chanda District MH” (Natarajan). Intelligibility 90%–100% of Bhamragarh dialect by other Maria speakers. Maria is intelligible with the speech of the Gatte Maria, an ethnic group. Lexical similarity: 59%–80% among dialects (1991 survey), 65%–98% (1999 survey).
||Dravidian, South-Central, Gondi-Kui, Gondi
||All domains. Also use a Muria variety, Halbi [hlb], or Hindi.
||Literacy rate in L1: Men 5%, women below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. Literacy help urgently requested. High interest in literacy. Dictionary. Grammar.
||A Scheduled Tribe. Gatte Maria is an ethnic group probably not distinct linguistically from the Abujmaria dialect. Swidden agriculturalists. Hindu, traditional religion, Christian.