Samanthan in India

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People Name: Samanthan
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 57,000
World Population: 57,000
Primary Language: Odia
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Most Samantan live in Kerala and speak, read and write in Malayalam. A smaller number live in West Bengal and Odisha. They were traditionally part of the ruling elite and large landowners; one of the high status Kshatriya caste. Among them there are both vegetarians and non-vegetarians.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Samantan work in cultivation, business and some work for the government. They have a council to look after their needs. They are usually college educated. The Samantan family leaders arrange marriages between cousins. There are birth and marriage rituals. The divorced can marry again with approval. The bereaved can marry again. The dead are usually cremated except for very young children who are buried.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Samantan 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?

They need the abundant life that only Jesus Christ can offer.

Prayer Points

Pray that the leaders come to Jesus Christ and lead others a disciple making movement. Pray that gospel materials to become easily available for Discovery Bible Studies. Pray for intercessors and workers.

Text Source:   Keith Carey