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Sounti in India

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
135,000 Odia Hinduism 0.10 % Unknown   

Sounti in India

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Introduction / History
Sounti people are one of the 46 scheduled tribes of Orissa in East Central India. The word "Sounti" comes from the word Sounta and means "gathered." From 16 main tribes, they, alone, have received recognition. They are known for living peacefully with other tribes.

It has been said that many were outcasts from Oriya castes. Their number became larger very quickly; they willingly received other outcasts.

Where are they located?
Sounti people live in Orissa.

What are their lives like?
Sounti people speak, read, and write mainly in Oriya, though many are illiterate. They have a traditional local council. They share wells with their neighbors. They have their own healthcare but they also use modern medicine. Sounti people work primarily in agriculture. Women do housework and are laborers. They have festivals and enjoy music and dance. They only marry within their social group. They are not vegetarians and rice is their main cereal. They have one spouse, and divorce is allowed. Inheritance is intended for males, and the oldest son becomes the leader of the family.

What are their beliefs?
They are mostly Hindus, and follow local traditions.

What are their needs?
They have a low literacy level requiring audio and visual resources which are available, including the printed New Testament in the Oriya language. Someone needs to take these resources to the Sounti people in this predominantly Hindu culture.

Prayer Points
Pray that long-term workers will be sent to Orissa to earn confidence of Sounti people.
Pray that doors will open for Scripture resources to be used to reach Sounti people with the truth of the gospel.
Pray that Sounti people will begin to question the nature of the gods they have worshipped for centuries.

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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:135,000
Largest States:
Odisha (133,000)Delhi (100)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Sounti
People Name General: Sounti
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 113666
Joshua Project People ID: 18155
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 135,000
Population all Countries: 135,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
People Name General: Sounti
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Odia (110,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ory    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Kuvi (1,600)Sora (400)
Hindi (300)Ho (200)
Desiya (200)Munda (100)
English (60)Telugu (60)
Santhali (50)Juang (40)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 18
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.10 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.53 % 
Islam0.07 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.02 % 
Unknown0.29 % 
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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 World Christian Resource Directory
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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
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app from Google Pla ...
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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Sounti in India

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People Cluster
    South Asia Tribal - other     Asia, South    
      Sounti India    
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