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Janughanta in India

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
2,000 Odia Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Janughanta in India

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Introduction / History
The Janughantas are a caste of mendicant beggars. Their name comes from their habit of tying a bell (ghanta) to their knees (janu) which they ring as they approach a community to tell them it's time to offer alms. When begging they carry an ax as a reminder of Parasurama, a great warrior they consider themselves to be a descendent of whom also carried an ax. Though they consider themselves to be from the Brahman caste, others would not agree.

Where are they located?
The Hindu Janughanta live in a few villages of Cuttack and Puri districts of Odisha.

What are their lives like?
The Janughanta live in small communities in both nuclear and extended families. They practice adult marriage, and the marriages are monogamous, meaning there is one husband and one wife.

They are a landless community that survives mostly by begging, but sometimes through working as day laborers.

This people group is not known for their arts or crafts, though they maintain their oral traditions through their own music.

What are their beliefs?
These mendicants have sacred specialists from their own community, and they worship a variety of family, village and local deities.

What are their needs?
They need to find a constructive way to earn a living. Like all over people groups, the Janughanta community needs to have the chance to seek and find the only Savior, Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points
Pray that the sheer wonder of knowing Jesus and the impact He has on their lives and the joy He brings spur believers to share Christ with the Janughanta people.
Pray the hearts of the Janughanta people would be stirred by a sovereign work of the Holy Spirit readying them for the time when they hear the gospel message being shared with them.
Pray they will experience dreams and visions of Jesus leading their families into a saving relationship with Him.
Pray for an unstoppable disciple-making movement among Janughanta families.

Peoples of India: Odisha, vol XVI, part 1, pp. 737-739

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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:11 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:2,000
Largest States:
Odisha (2,000)
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People Name in Country: Janughanta
People Name General: Janughanta
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 112300
Joshua Project People ID: 16989
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 2,000
Population all Countries: 2,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Janughanta
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Odia (2,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ory    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
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 %
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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: 1811-1956
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1815-2021
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsOnline Audio Scripture
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Odia
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoRivka video
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
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Text / Printed MatterBible: Odia
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path
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Janughanta in India

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      Janughanta India    
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