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Sanei in India

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

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Introduction / History
The Sanei are a small community that claims a very low caste status. There are no anthropological books or articles about them that would explain their past. They eat all meats except pork and beef, which indicates low status.

Where are they located?
The Hindu Sanei people live in Odisha, a state in eastern India.

What are their lives like?
Each Sanei gotra (clan) is represented by a totemistic animal. Within each clan there are more subdivisions that indicate their lineage and regulate who can marry who. For example, they do not allow their people to marry someone from a different caste. At one time they allowed for child marriage but now they don't marry until they are young adults. Most marriages are arranged by family head-determined negotiations, but some marriages come from the young man and woman deciding to marry without consent. There used to be a large bride price, but now this is reduced to a small, token amount paid between families.

When a Sanei girl has her first period, she is secluded for a week. Then she applies turmeric paste to her body, takes a bath, and puts on a new sari. Then she goes to a Shiva temple to make an offering.

Economically, many of the Sanei people own a small amount of land. Those who don't are landless laborers or have small, petty businesses. Their women contribute greatly to the family income, often by working as maids or by doing farm work for others.

What are their beliefs?
The Sanei people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship various Hindu gods at the family, community, and regional level. They look to a particular guru, or guide for their spiritual direction.

What are their needs?
The Sanei people are looking to various spiritual entities that will only get in the way of their need for the abundant life that only Jesus Christ can offer. They need to become devotees of Jesus Christ, and Him only.

Prayer Points
Pray for the Sanei culture to be renewed and enhanced by a work of the Holy Spirit and shaped into a God-centered and God-honoring mold.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to move among Sanei family and community leaders to seek His face and enjoy His blessings.
Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers who will be compelled to nurture a disciple-making movement among the Sanei people.
Pray that soon the Sanei people will have faith that will lead them to live honorable lives that will draw others to the Savior.

People of India, Odisha, vol. XVI, pp. 1327-31, 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:1,300
Largest States:
Odisha (1,300)
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People Name in Country: Sanei
People Name General: Sanei
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 113507
Joshua Project People ID: 18013
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,300
Population all Countries: 1,300
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
People Name General: Sanei
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Odia (1,300 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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Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsOnline Audio Scripture
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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
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Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
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Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
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Text / Printed MatterBible: Odia
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Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
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Sanei in India

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People Cluster
    South Asia Dalit - other     Asia, South    
      Sanei India    
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