Sompura Salat in India

The Salat Sompura have only been reported in India
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The term “salat” is derived from Shilavat, an ancient term for either a temple architect or a stone carver. They branched off from the Sompura Brahmin community. They are considered a Brahmin community; however, Sompura Brahmins do not accept them as such.


Where Are they Located?

The Salat Sompura community is mainly located in Gujarat, a state in western India. A smaller number are in Rajasthan, and an even smaller number live in England or the US.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Sompura Salat community has specialized in masonry works, artistic carvings, and sculpting. Their work is much revered and sought after within India. Sompura Salat people are vegetarian, but they also avoid eating onions, garlic, white cucumbers, and lentils.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Salat Sompura people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. 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 many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

The main yearly holidays of the Salat Sompura people are Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama’s birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

These very capable people have high status and they are noted for their abilities to design Hindu temples. Such a situation can easily produce pride, which is anathema to the God of creation. They need the humility to understand their proper place with the Almighty.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Salat Sompura in India.

* Pray for gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Salat Sompura people for Jesus and that in God’s sovereign timing their hearts would be open and ready to follow Him.
* Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended Salat Sompura families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group.
* Pray for the spiritual lives of the Salat Sompura people to become fruitful as they follow Christ.
* Pray for the lives and culture of the Salat Sompura people to evidence the rule and reign of the Kingdom of God as they open to the gospel, and for the beauty of Jesus to be seen in them.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/21226/IN
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/sompura-salat-community/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2018-09-08
Global Prayer Digest: 2018-09-09
People Name General Salat Sompura
People Name in Country Salat Sompura
Natural Name Sompura Salat
World Population 1,800
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names सलत सोंपुरा
People ID 21226
ROP3 Code 118048
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)
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 1
  Gujarat 1,800
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Gujarati (1,500 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Kacchi
200
Primary Language Gujarati (1,500 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Kacchi 200
People Groups Speaking Gujarati

Primary Language:  Gujarati

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1809-1965)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1820-1985)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1823-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Gujarati
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ગુજરાતી - Gujarati
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter Father's Love Letter
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
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.
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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