Pod in India


Population
3,085,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

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.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

Prayer / Resource 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 3,085,000
World Population 3,094,600
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 61
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Bartiya, Padmaraj, Padmaraja, Paundra, Paundra Kshatriya, Pondara, Pondari, Poundara Kshatriya, Poundra, Pundari, Pundarika, Punro, Sapui, पॉड
People ID 17896
ROP3 Code 113376
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Group Pod
Ethnic Code CNN25b
Total Subgroups on file 8
Largest Subgroups
Bajitpure
140,000
Bhasa
140,000
Burdni
140,000
Dhulepure
140,000
Oriya
4,600
Bagaude
3,400
Bangla
3,400
Kit Kota
3,400
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Group Pod
Ethnic Code CNN25b
Total Subgroups 8
  Bajitpure 140,000
  Bhasa 140,000
  Burdni 140,000
  Dhulepure 140,000
  Oriya 4,600
  Bagaude 3,400
  Bangla 3,400
  Kit Kota 3,400
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 34
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
West Bengal
2,598,000
Assam
225,000
Odisha
81,000
Tripura
65,000
Jharkhand
50,000
Bihar
13,000
Andaman and Nicobar
9,300
Nagaland
7,000
Chhattisgarh
6,200
Meghalaya
5,700
Maharashtra
4,100
Arunachal Pradesh
3,900
Uttar Pradesh
3,600
Madhya Pradesh
3,100
Delhi
1,900
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 34  (only 20 largest shown)
  West Bengal 2,598,000
  Assam 225,000
  Odisha 81,000
  Tripura 65,000
  Jharkhand 50,000
  Bihar 13,000
  Andaman and Nicobar 9,300
  Nagaland 7,000
  Chhattisgarh 6,200
  Meghalaya 5,700
  Maharashtra 4,100
  Arunachal Pradesh 3,900
  Uttar Pradesh 3,600
  Madhya Pradesh 3,100
  Delhi 1,900
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (2,675,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 16
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Assamese
163,000
Hindi
161,000
Odia
74,000
Maithili
4,000
Kok Borok
3,900
Amri Karbi
3,100
Andaman Creole Hindi
1,300
Sadri
800
Santhali
600
Kui
600
Kurux
200
Magahi
200
Mundari
200
Bhojpuri
100
Telugu
60
Other People Groups Speaking Bengali
Primary Language Bengali (2,675,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 16
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Assamese 163,000
  Hindi 161,000
  Odia 74,000
  Maithili 4,000
  Kok Borok 3,900
  Amri Karbi 3,100
  Andaman Creole Hindi 1,300
  Sadri 800
  Santhali 600
  Kui 600
  Kurux 200
  Magahi 200
  Mundari 200
  Bhojpuri 100
  Telugu 60
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1809-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
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 Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video I Am Guilty (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Burning Heart (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.17 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.83 %
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  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.




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