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Pentia in India

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
12,000 Odia Hinduism 0.25 % Unknown   

Pentia in India

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Introduction / History
This Scheduled Tribe lives as farmers in Odisha. They are also known as Holva. They dress and look the same as other communities, so you could not tell them apart from other rural communities. There is no anthropological information available to describe their history, so we know little about their past.

Where are they located?
This Hindu tribe lives in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.

What are their lives like?
The population of the Pentia tribe is declining. They are farmers who supplement their incomes by selling produce they find in the forest. Wives contribute to the family income, but they do not have very much power within a family.

The most prestigious way to marry is through negotiations, but sometimes this people group has marriages though elopement or through the groom's family capturing the bride. After the wedding the couple lives with the groom's family for a while; we call this patrilocal. They don't begin to live together until an auspicious day is set. They visit her family for five to nine days before living with the groom's family. Usually a man only has one wife, and they marry as adults. Most Pentia families are nuclear, meaning they only have husband, wife, and children under the same roof.

What are their beliefs?
They are animists who also worship some of the Hindu gods, especially Nisani, their family deity. They also worship other gods.

What are their needs?
Like all other people groups that do not have a gospel witness, the Hindu Pentia people need to have the chance to live the abundant life offered by 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 Pentia people.
Pray the hearts of the Pentia 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 them into a saving relationship with Him.
Pray for an unstoppable disciple-making movement among the Pentia people.

Peoples of India: Odisha, vol XVI, part 2, pp. 1220-24, K.S. Singh

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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:12,000
Largest States:
Odisha (12,000)Andhra Pradesh (200)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Pentia
People Name General: Pentia
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 113340
Joshua Project People ID: 17864
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 12,000
Population all Countries: 12,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
People Name General: Pentia
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Odia (5,200 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ory    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Bhatri (2,100)Pengo (1,800)
Marathi (400)Desiya (300)
Hindi (200)Munda (20)
Koya (20)Santhali (Unknown)
Ho (Unknown)Mundari (Unknown)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 16
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.25 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.49 % 
Islam0.16 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.03 % 
Unknown0.07 % 
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 4   Greater than or equal to 2% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1811-1956
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1815-2021
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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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
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralZume Training
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
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Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
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
Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
Text / Printed MatterTopical Scripture booklets and Bible stu ...
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Pentia in India

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People Cluster
    South Asia Tribal - other     Asia, South    
      Pentia India    
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            Pentia in India          
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