Sounti in India

Joshua Project has identified the Sounti only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Sounti are one of the 46 scheduled tribes of Orissa. From the16 main tribes, they are the one that has received recognition. They got on well with the other tribes.

The Sounti live in the region of Keonjhar with some in the Anandapur part of the state. They are endogamous, meaning that they only marry within their social group.

The Sounti work in agriculture. The women do housework and are laborers. The number of people who do not work in cultivation are few. They speak mainly in the Sounti language. They have festivals and like music and dances. They are religious and worship such as Dharam Devata and Basuki Mata.

The word sound comes from the word Sounta and it means gathered. It has been said that many were outcasts from Oriya castes. The number of them got larger very soon and they willingly received other outcasts. Along with the Keonjhar, some live in the Mayurbhanji and Balasore regions of Orissa. In addition to speaking Sounti, they speak Oriya and read and write in Oriya. They are not vegetarians and rice is their main cereal. The Sounti are in lineage groups such as Bardia and Doldasia. They are monogamous. Divorce is allowed. Inheritance is for males and the oldest son becomes the main person of the home.

Though agriculture is the main occupation of the Sounti, some do prepare leaf plates. They have a traditional local council. They follow the Hindu religion and local traditions. They have wells with their neighbors. They have their own healthcare but they use modern medicine a little. They have a low literacy level (so the gospel will need to be given in oral form also).


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Sounti
People Name in Country Sounti
Population in India 141,000
World Population 141,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Oriya
People Name General Sounti
Ethnic Code CNN25l
People ID 18155
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Odisha (141,000) Delhi (100)
Total States on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Odisha (141,000) Delhi (100)
Languages & Dialects on file:  19  (up to 20 largest shown)
Oriya (136,000) Kuvi (1,500) Hindi (300) Ho (200)
Munda (80) English (60) Santhali (50) Savara (50)
Urdu (40) Juang (40) Koda (30) Bengali (20)
Mundari (20) Marathi (20) Telugu Kui
Panjabi, Eastern Koya Kurux: Kisan
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Oriya 136,000 Kuvi 1,500
Hindi 300 Ho 200
Munda 80 English 60
Santhali 50 Savara 50
Urdu 40 Juang 40
Koda 30 Bengali 20
Mundari 20 Marathi 20
Telugu 0 Kui 0
Panjabi, Eastern 0 Koya 0
Kurux: Kisan 0
For Primary Language: Oriya

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1811-1956)
New Testament Yes   (1809-2000)
Complete Bible Yes   (1815-2004)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Oriya Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture (Talking Bibles) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.10 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.78 %
0.04 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.02 %
0.06 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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