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Samasi in India

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
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Samasi in India

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Introduction / History
The Samasi are a small Scheduled Caste of weavers. Their ancestors probably migrated from what is now Ranchi in Jharkhand to their current location in Odisha.

Where are they located?
This Hindu people group lives in Odisha, a state in eastern India.

What are their lives like?
At one time Samasi people were married while in their teens but now they practice adult marriage. Commonly they marry their cousins. Usually their marriages are between one man and one woman, unless the wife agrees for him to take on a second wife.

The marriage ceremony is at the home of the bride's family. Brahman priests officiate, and like most Hindus, the couple walks around a sacred fire seven times, and then the groom applies vermilion on the bride's forehead as a symbol of her new marital status. Then all the wedding guests enjoy a feast.

Samasi families can be either nuclear or extended. Sons stay with their parents until the parents die, then they scatter along with their wives if they are married.

Women have higher status and more power than they did before independence in 1947. They still must work hard with all aspects of their economy, but they share decision making powers with their husbands in regard to issues of marriage or property. However, they have no power in the area of social control.

What are their beliefs?
The Samasi people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Like other Hindus, they employ Brahman priests for their ceremonies. They are most likely to worship Lord Jagannath and the goddess Laxmi as their favored deities, though they have others they worship as well. They worship at the same shrines as other communities, share the same roads and water sources.

What are their needs?
The Samasi community needs the transforming grace that can only come from a relationship with Jesus Christ and allowing the Holy Spirit to change them from within.

Prayer Points
Pray for an abundant blessing of Samasi families and communities as they embrace Jesus Christ, the Lord of Lords.
Pray for a movement to Christ that will enrich the Samasi community.
Pray for spiritual openness to Jesus Christ that will not be hindered by the false belief in religious institutions rather than the person, Jesus Christ.
Pray for a family-based disciple-making movement in the 2020s.


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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:1,800
Largest States:
Odisha (1,700)Andhra Pradesh (60)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Samasi
People Name General: Samasi
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 113502
Joshua Project People ID: 18009
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,800
Population all Countries: 1,800
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
People Name General: Samasi
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Odia (1,200 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ory    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Sadri (400)
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: 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
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GeneralGospel website in this language
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GeneralZume Training
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
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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
Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
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Samasi in India

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    South Asia Dalit - other     Asia, South    
      Samasi India    
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