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Pando in India


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Map source: Omid / Joshua Project
Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
2,200 Chhattisgarhi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Pando in India

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Introduction / History
We are in Pandopara, a Pando village. Jim and Stephen, two young missionaries, have gone there to do some initial research on the Pando language. The whole village is in festive mood and soon they find the reason. Karma, a festival in celebration of Pando's liquor god, is the following day. Soon, a small crowd gathers around these two young men, cheerfully explaining how everyone, young and old, men and women, will be drinking the whole day! Their excitement is evident in their cheerful tones. They don't forget a kind invitation to these two young friends to join in their celebration!

The Pando are one of 35 colorful tribes whose abode is the state of Chhattisgarh, situated in the central part of India. Each of these tribes has its unique cultural tradition, complete with rhythmic folk music, dances and dramas. These are a treat to watch, and provide an insight into their heritage. The Pando in particular are concentrated in the Surguja and Korea districts of this state. The Pando region consists of plateaus and hills. A huge portion of its total area is also covered by forests.

Despite being surrounded by such natural richness, the Pando are still on the lower rungs of prosperity. They do small scale farming for their living. Daily labor, cultivation, cattle, birds and forest produce supplement their income. However, they do not have the basic facilities of electricity, roads and health care. There is not a single health center where people can go in case of emergency. A few Pando villages have government run nursery and primary schools. But they show no interest in education. A language survey has just been completed and we hope to see Scripture translation work being initiated among the Pando. There is great scope and need for mission work among this community. Let us intercede to the Lord of the harvest for these needy people.

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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:10 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:2,200
Largest States:
Chhattisgarh (2,200)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
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People Name in Country: Pando
People Name General: Pando
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 111492
Joshua Project People ID: 16353
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 2,200
Population all Countries: 2,200
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - Other
People Name General: Pando
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Chhattisgarhi (1,700 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): hne    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Hindi (500)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism100.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1904-1952
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories in Chhattisgarhi
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Chhattisgarhi
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Text / Printed MatterBible: Chhattisgarhi
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Pando in India

Global                 Global
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People Cluster
    South Asia Hindu - Other     Asia, South    
      Pando India    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Pando in India          
      Religion Language  
      Hinduism     Chhattisgarhi  
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