Sounti in India

The Sounti have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Sounti people are one of the 46 scheduled tribes of Orissa in East Central India. The word "Sounti" comes from the word Sounta and means "gathered." From 16 main tribes, they, alone, have received recognition. They are known for living peacefully with other tribes.

It has been said that many were outcasts from Oriya castes. Their number became larger very quickly; they willingly received other outcasts.


Where Are they Located?

Sounti people live in Orissa.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Sounti people speak, read, and write mainly in Oriya, though many are illiterate. They have a traditional local council. They share wells with their neighbors. They have their own healthcare but they also use modern medicine. Sounti people work primarily in agriculture. Women do housework and are laborers. They have festivals and enjoy music and dance. They only marry within their social group. They are not vegetarians and rice is their main cereal. They have one spouse, and divorce is allowed. Inheritance is intended for males, and the oldest son becomes the leader of the family.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They are mostly Hindus, and follow local traditions.


What Are Their Needs?

They have a low literacy level requiring audio and visual resources which are available, including the printed New Testament in the Oriya language. Someone needs to take these resources to the Sounti people in this predominantly Hindu culture.


Prayer Points

* Pray that long-term workers will be sent to Orissa to earn confidence of Sounti people.
* Pray that doors will open for Scripture resources to be used to reach Sounti people with the truth of the gospel.
* Pray that Sounti people will begin to question the nature of the gods they have worshipped for centuries.


Profile Source:   Karen Hightower  

People Name General Sounti
People Name in Country Sounti
Population in India 108,000
World Population 108,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names सौंती
People ID 18155
ROP3 Code 113666
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 2
Largest States
Odisha
108,000
Delhi
100
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 2
  Odisha 108,000
  Delhi 100
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Odia (163,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 14
Secondary Languages
Kuvi
800
Hindi
500
Ho
400
Munda
200
Santhali
90
English
80
Juang
70
Koda
60
Bengali
40
Marathi
30
Sora
30
Mundari
20
Urdu
10
Other People Groups Speaking Odia
Primary Language Odia (163,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 14
Secondary Languages
  Kuvi 800
  Hindi 500
  Ho 400
  Munda 200
  Santhali 90
  English 80
  Juang 70
  Koda 60
  Bengali 40
  Marathi 30
  Sora 30
  Mundari 20
  Urdu 10
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  (1815-2004)
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 (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
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 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 God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ODIA - Oriya
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.56 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.11 %
Islam
0.03 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.30 %
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Karen Hightower  
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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