Sauntia in India

The Sauntia have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Sauntia are a scheduled caste of Odisha who speak, read and write in Oriya. They often use Pradhan as their surname.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Sauntia work mainly in agriculture which is their traditional work. Some of them are day laborers. They believe in education but have a low literacy level, so the gospel will need to be given in oral form. The Sauntia prefer cross cousin marriages. They are endogamous at the community level.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Sauntia people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.


What Are Their Needs?

The Sauntia people need a loving relationship with God the Father so they can enjoy life to the full.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Sauntia in India.

* Pray that Indian believers will help the Sauntia people to begin their own disciple making movement. * Pray for a spiritual hunger that will lead them to the blessings of Jesus. * Pray that gospel recordings and the JESUS Film will help thousands to find the only Savior.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Sauntia
People Name in Country Sauntia
Population this Country 82,000
Population all Countries 82,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Santia; Santo; Saunta; Sauta; Sota; सौंतिया
People ID 18042
ROP3 Code 113537
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 5
Largest States
Chhattisgarh
44,000
Odisha
37,000
Jharkhand
1,100
Madhya Pradesh
70
Maharashtra
70
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 5
  Chhattisgarh 44,000
  Odisha 37,000
  Jharkhand 1,100
  Madhya Pradesh 70
  Maharashtra 70
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Odia (34,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Chhattisgarhi
31,000
Hindi
16,000
Telugu
600
Kui
300
Kurux
200
Primary Language Odia (34,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Chhattisgarhi 31,000
  Hindi 16,000
  Telugu 600
  Kui 300
  Kurux 200
People Groups Speaking Odia

Primary Language:  Odia

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1811-1956)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1809-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1815-2014)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Odia
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Odia
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
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)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel website in this language
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file from FCBH
Mobile App Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.65 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.35 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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