Pod in India

Population

2,995,000

Christian

0.10%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey


Introduction / History

With a gentle touch, Anindita, the bride, applied sandalwood paste to the forehead of Chiman, her groom, as their marriage ceremony was concluding. Chiman then placed a dot of bright red sindoor paste in the center of her forehead. After six years of waiting, she was now his wife. Both sets of parents planned this wedding, even though they came from two different clans within their Pod tribe in India. She would wear the red dot on her forehead each day to bring good luck to her husband. Proudly, Anindita felt she would receive the blessing of the Hindu goddess Sati which would in turn bring honor to Chiman. She also was proud of the small piece of land her father gave them as her dowry.

West Bengal is the home of almost three million Hindu Pod people. They prefer to be called Poundra. Their name means lotus. They are divided into a number of clans. The majority live by farming small tracts of land. Some of these Dalits own their own land. The landless among them work in other occupations such as fishing, carpentry and bamboo work. Education has become important to them and they work hard so their children can attend school.


Prayer Points

* Pray that Christian Dalits will be witnesses to these people.
* Pray that Christian literature will be provided as their literacy is increasing.
* May the Pod people soon know God's gift of salvation.



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Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country
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People Name General Pod
People Name in Country Pod
ROP3 Code 113376
Joshua Project People ID 17896
Indigenous Yes
Population in India 2,995,000
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names for People Group Bartiya, Padmaraj, Paundra, Paundra Kshatriya, Pondara, Pondari, Poundra, Punro, Sapui,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bengali 2,668,052 Assamese 150,350 Hindi 144,300 Oriya 68,630
Santhali 4,390 Maithili 3,640 Amri Karbi 2,980 Andaman Creole Hindi 1,600
Kui 1,070 Mundari 1,070 Ho 470 Kurux 350
Kharia 200 Sadri 160 Bhojpuri 130 Telugu 60
Kuvi 10
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Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Name General Pod
Ethnic Code CNN25b
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Largest Religion Hinduism
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
0.10%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
0.00%
Hinduism
99.90%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
0.00%
Protestant
0.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
0.00%
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl
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