Saora in Bangladesh


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Introduction / History

The Saora are a scheduled tribe, meaning that they have a tribal background and they are given low status in the Hindu social status order. They speak Sora and are mostly Hindus. Most are less than average height.


Where Are they Located?

You can find Saora people in Bangladesh, India, or Nepal. Their population is small in Bangladesh and Nepal.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They are farmers who use slash and burn farming techniques. The Saora people will cultivate land to raise rice, millet and pulses, but after a couple of harvests they need to move on to new productive land, since their agricultural techniques are unsustainable. They usually return to their original plots after the land has recovered. One of their main challenges is that they usually live high in the hills, so their land is not level enough to cultivate properly. There is a problem with soil erosion. The men hunt wild game to enhance their food source. They exchange produce and wild game at an important weekly market called shandies.

The Saora family is patriarchal, meaning that the descent comes through the father's side of the family. Instead of clans like most other South Asian communities, they Saoras have extended families called Berinda, which include descendants from a common ancestor for four or five generations.


Traditional village councils judge matters such as financial and social ones. They use both herbal and modern medicines. Their literacy level tends to be low so the gospel message will need to be given in oral form and not just in written form.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Saora people are officially Hindu, but this religious system allows for much spiritual flexibility. Their spiritual lives are very much influenced by shamans (usually a woman) who act as intermediaries between the worlds of the living and that of the dead. In India, but not Nepal or Bangladesh, missionaries have made inroads into their spiritual lives.


What Are Their Needs?

The Saora need help in developing farming techniques that will allow them to farm their land without temporarily making it unproductive.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Saora in Bangladesh.

* Pray for families of believers loving and serving others to grow reproducing Saora churches.
* Pray for a chain reaction of Saora families reaching families that results in many new believers who share their faith with others.
* Pray for grace and truth expanding into the entire Saora society as all believers learn to love others.
* Pray that churches and believers will bless their entire people group in such a way that God's love will change the Saora people like yeast changes dough.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sora_people
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piqw9EugmgI


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Saora
People Name in Country Saora
World Population 997,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Dhokra; Dokra; Dravidian; Jora Malhar; Jora Savara; Kapusavara; Khokra; Khuttosavara; Madhuwala; Mahuwala; Malar; Malhar; Malhor; Maliya Savara; Mallay; Maral; Modhuwala; Savar; Savara; Savara Kapusavara; Savara Khotto; Savara Maliya; Savasanokoliva; Savasanoliva; Sawar; Sawara; Sawaria; Shabari; Soaramar; साओरा
People ID 18023
ROP3 Code 113518
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 2
Largest States
Sylhet
1,100
Rangpur
60
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 2
  Sylhet 1,100
  Rangpur 60
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Sora (900 speakers)
Language Code srb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Sylheti
200
Bengali
20
Primary Language Sora (900 speakers)
Language Code srb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Sylheti 200
  Bengali 20
People Groups Speaking Sora

Primary Language:  Sora

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1939-1985)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1965-1996)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1992-2004)
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Yeshua Apostolic Ministries)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Sora
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.46 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.07 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.46 %
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Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest Bangladesh census data.  Current values may differ.