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Sentinelese in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
300 Sentinel Unknown 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Sentinelese in India

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Introduction / History
Sentinelese people are also called Sentenelese, Sentineli, Senteneli and North Sentinal Islanders.

Where are they located?
They live in the North Sentinel island of the Andaman and Nicobar islands, and they are completely isolated from the rest of the world.

What are their lives like?
The Sentinelese hunt, gather, and fish. They eat coconuts, wild honey, nuts fruit, and raw animal meat. There appears to be no agriculture among them. Their houses are large, having no side walls or decorative materials. They wear little clothing. During hunting they wear leaves and belts as protection, and they use javelins and flat bows and arrows as weapons. Music, dancing, and celebrations are known to be part of their culture.

They speak Sentinelese, but little is known of the language. It is different than other languages in the Andaman islands. Their language is unwritten. There are no scripture resources in their language.

Indian authorities tried to make peaceful contact with Sentinelese people, but they were hostile to them, and responded with arrows and stones. The Indian government now leaves them alone and entering the North Sentinel island is not allowed.

What are their beliefs?
Nothing is known of Sentinelese beliefs.

What are their needs?
Sentinelese people need to know that the Creator God exists, and that He loves them and paid the price for their sins.

They need basic medical care.

Prayer Points
Pray that the Indian Government will allow Christians to earn the trust of the Sentinelese people, and that they will be permitted to live among them.
Pray that God will open doors to Sentinelese people to receive the gospel message.

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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:300
Largest States:
Andaman and Nicobar Islands (300)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Sentinelese
People Name General: Sentinelese
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 113613
Joshua Project People ID: 20694
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 300
Population all Countries: 300
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
People Name General: Sentinelese
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Sentinel (300 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): std    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Unknown
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown100.00 % 
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 0   No evangelical Christians or churches. No access to major evangelical print, audio, visual, or human resources
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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Sentinelese in India

Global                 Global
  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    South Asia Tribal - other     Asia, South    
      Sentinelese India    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Sentinelese in India          
      Religion Language  
      Unknown     Sentinel  
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