Sentinelese in India

The Sentinelese have only been reported in India
Population
50
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Sentinelese people are also called Sentenelese, Sentineli, Senteneli and North Sentinal Islanders.


Where Are they Located?

They live in the North Sentinel island of the Andaman and Nicobar islands, and they are completely isolated from the rest of the world.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They are dark, tall people who hunt, gather, and fish. They eat coconuts, wild honey, nuts fruit, and raw animal meat. There appears to be no agriculture among them. Their houses are large, having no side walls or decorative materials. They wear little clothing. During hunting they wear leaves and belts as protection, and they use javelins and flat bows and arrows as weapons. Music, dancing, and celebrations are known to be part of their culture.

They speak Sentinelese, but little is know of the language. It is different than other languages in the Andaman islands. There is no written evidence. There are no Bible resources in their language.

Indian authorities tried to make peaceful contact with Sentinelese people, but they were hostile to them, and responded with arrows and stones. The Indian government now leaves them alone and entering the North Sentinel island is not allowed.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Nothing is known of Sentinelese beliefs.


What Are Their Needs?

Sentinelese people need to know that Creator God exists, and that He loves them and paid the price for their sins.

They need basic medical care.


Prayer Points

* Pray that the Indian Government will allow Christians to earn the trust of the Sentinelese people, and that they will be permitted to live among them.
* Pray that God will open doors to Sentinelese people to receive the gospel message.


Profile Source:   Karen Hightower  

People Name General Sentinelese
People Name in Country Sentinelese
Population in India 50
World Population 50
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 0  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names सेंटीनएलेसए
People ID 20694
ROP3 Code 113613
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)
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 1
  Andaman and Nicobar 50
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Sentinel (50 speakers)
Language Code std   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Other People Groups Speaking Sentinel
Primary Language Sentinel (50 speakers)
Language Code std   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Sentinel

Primary Language:  Sentinel

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Unknown
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
100.00 %
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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