Sounti in India

Joshua Project has identified the Sounti only in India
Population
175,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

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).


References

www.indianetzone.com/9/sounti_tribe.htm


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Sounti
People Name in Country Sounti
Population in India 175,000
World Population 175,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 4 to 5
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 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 2
Largest States
Odisha
(175,000)
Delhi
(100)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 2
  Odisha (175,000)
  Delhi (100)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Odia (162,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 17
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
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)
Telugu Kurux: Kisan
People Groups Speaking Odia
Primary Language Odia (162,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 17
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  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)
  Telugu (0)
  Kurux: Kisan (0)
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
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 Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
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 Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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