400,000 (2000 IICCC).
Chhattisgarh, north and west Bastar district.
Banchapai, Dhanora, Sonapal. 80%–96% intelligibility among dialects, 69%–73% of Eastern Muria [emu], 51%–78% of Far Western Muria [fmu]. No intelligibility of Dandami Maria [daq], Northern Gondi [gno], Southern Gondi [ggo], or Maria [mrr]. Lexical similarity: 72%–80% with Far Western Muria [fmu]; 74%–77% with Eastern Muria [emu].
All domains. All ages.
A Scheduled Tribe. Traditional religion, Hindu.