Pod in India



Population

3,014,000

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


I Am Guilty

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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.


Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-09-23
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-10-30
People Name General Pod
People Name in Country Pod
Population in India 3,014,000
World Population 3,024,000
Countries 5
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bartiya, Padmaraj, Padmaraja, Paundra, Paundra Kshatriya, Pondara, Pondari, Poundara Kshatriya, Poundra, Pundari, Pundarika, Punro, Sapui
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Name General Pod
Ethnic Code CNN25b
People ID 17896
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  34  (up to 20 largest shown)
West Bengal (2,595,000) Assam (195,000) Odisha (77,000) Tripura (73,000)
Jharkhand (50,000) Bihar (14,000) Andaman and Nicobar (11,000) Nagaland (6,600)
Chhattisgarh (6,500) Meghalaya (4,700) Maharashtra (3,800) Uttar Pradesh (3,600)
Madhya Pradesh (3,100) Arunachal Pradesh (2,700) Delhi (1,900) Manipur (1,300)
Uttarakhand (1,200) Mizoram (1,200) Andhra Pradesh (900) Rajasthan (800)
Total States on file:  34  (up to 20 largest shown)
West Bengal (2,595,000) Assam (195,000)
Odisha (77,000) Tripura (73,000)
Jharkhand (50,000) Bihar (14,000)
Andaman and Nicobar (11,000) Nagaland (6,600)
Chhattisgarh (6,500) Meghalaya (4,700)
Maharashtra (3,800) Uttar Pradesh (3,600)
Madhya Pradesh (3,100) Arunachal Pradesh (2,700)
Delhi (1,900) Manipur (1,300)
Uttarakhand (1,200) Mizoram (1,200)
Andhra Pradesh (900) Rajasthan (800)
Languages & Dialects on file:  17  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bengali (2,668,000) Assamese (150,000) Hindi (144,000) Oriya (69,000)
Santhali (4,400) Maithili (3,600) Amri Karbi (3,000) Andaman Creole Hindi (1,600)
Kui (1,100) Mundari (1,100) Ho (500) Kurux (400)
Kharia (200) Sadri (200) Bhojpuri (100) Telugu (60)
Kuvi
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bengali 2,668,000 Assamese 150,000
Hindi 144,000 Oriya 69,000
Santhali 4,400 Maithili 3,600
Amri Karbi 3,000 Andaman Creole Hindi 1,600
Kui 1,100 Mundari 1,100
Ho 500 Kurux 400
Kharia 200 Sadri 200
Bhojpuri 100 Telugu 60
Kuvi 10
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1800-1980)
New Testament Yes   (1801-1984)
Complete Bible Yes   (1809-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Bengali Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Bengali Language Film
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video General Ministry Resources
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.10 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.90 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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