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Sabar in India

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Map source: Omid / Joshua Project
Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
3,900 Bengali Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Sabar in India

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Introduction / History
The Sabar or Saora of India are a small group of tribal people who live in the state of Tripura. During colonial times, the British classified the Sabar as a "criminal tribe." This bad reputation carries on to today. The other peoples living in Tripura shun the Sabar. The Sabar speak Bengali as their main language. Many Christian resources are available in Bengali including a whole Bible.

Where are they located?
The small Sabar tribe lives in the forests of Tripura, a state in northeastern India.

What are their lives like?
According to Wikipedia, the forest-dwelling Sabar lack experience in agriculture, and rely on the forests for their livelihood. Even by Indian standards, the Sabar are very poor. Their main sources of food are hunting and gathering in the forests. The Sabar are now living by aid from the Indian government and foreign agencies. A reporter from the website "Scroll In" visited the Sabar villages. He describes what he saw as tragic due to the malnourishment and illnesses among the people. The only things the Sabar owned were small wooden huts and a few household utensils. Their children were starving, sick and not attending school. The Sabar marry within their group. Few if any other Indian peoples would allow their young person to marry a Sabar.

What are their beliefs?
The Sabar people practice Hinduism heavily mixed with animism. They worship a couple of Hindu gods but rely mainly on the spirits their ancestors worshipped. They have their own shrines and priests.

What are their needs?
The Sabar have major economic and spiritual needs. They need to see Christianity lives out before them in practical ways. They need schools for their children. They need a steady source of food and clean water. They need access to medical care. Most of all, the Sabar need to hear and respond to the message of Jesus Christ. He alone can give them hope for a better future in this life and the next.

Prayer Points
* Pray for his kingdom to come and his will to be done among the Sabar people.
* Pray for a movement of Sabar households accept the blessings of Christ.
* Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive the Sabar people to the arms of Jesus.
* Pray for workers who are filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit to go to the Sabar people.
* Pray the Sabar have their basic physical needs met.


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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:3,900
Largest States:
Tripura (3,900)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Sabar
People Name General: Sabar
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 113480
Joshua Project People ID: 17990
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 3,900
Population all Countries: 3,900
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
People Name General: Sabar
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Bengali (3,900 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ben    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.03 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.97 % 
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: 1800-1980
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1832-2016
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament - Bangla Version (F ...
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament - Mussolmani Versio ...
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament- Common Version (FC ...
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Love Story
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoRivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
Film / VideoThe Savior 3 - Woman at the Well
Film / VideoThe Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Audio Bible app as APK File fro ...
Mobile AppDownload Audio Bible app from Google Pla ...
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible: Comic Book Version (SuperBible)
Text / Printed MatterBible: Mussulmani-Bangla, Kitabul Mukkad ...
Text / Printed MatterBible: Standard Bangla Common Language
Text / Printed MatterBible: কিতাবুল মোক ...
Text / Printed MatterChrist for the Nations
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path (Bengali)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Data Notes
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Sabar in India

Global                 Global
  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    South Asia Dalit - other     Asia, South    
      Sabar India    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Sabar in India          
      Religion Language  
      Hinduism     Bengali  
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