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Sartang in India

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
4,000 Sartang Buddhism 1.50 % Unknown No No   

Sartang in India

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Introduction / History
The Sartang are a small tribal, Buddhist people who live in mountains of northeast India. Their two main occupations are farming and animal husbandry. They are classified as a Scheduled Tribe, meaning that they are eligible for public jobs and special university admissions. The Satang speak their own endangered Sartang language. Gospel Recordings are currently available in Sartang.

Where are they located?
This Buddhist people group lives in northeastern India in the state of Arunachal Pradesh near the Chinese and Bhutanese borders.

What are their lives like?
The Sartang live in villages in the hills and mountains of northeast India. They grow maize, wheat, lentil, vegetables, and fruit in the valleys near rivers. They raise goats, sheep and yaks for their meat, milk and hides. They trade animals and their products for things that they cannot make for themselves such as cell phones, solar panels and appliances.

The Sartang have their distinctive colorful clothing, dances and music. They celebrate Buddhist and their own holidays. Monogamy or marriage to one spouse is the norm. Families arrange marriages often with young people from other villages. The bride goes to live with the groom's family.

What are their beliefs?
The Sartang practice Buddhism heavily mixed with animism. Since Buddhism has the flexibility to allow for the worship of many spirit beings, tribal Buddhist peoples like the Sartangs practice animism, a belief in the spirit world. In animism, evil spirits in nature must be appeased through prayers, sacrifices and rituals.

What are their needs?
The Sartang need good schools for their children. They need access to modern medical care. Solar panels can bring electricity for cell phones and appliances. The Sartang need to learn new job skills if they are to compete in Indian society. Most of all, the Sartang need to hear and respond to the message of Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and deliver them from their fear of evil spirits.

Prayer Points
Pray for gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Sartang people for Jesus and that in God's sovereign timing their hearts would be open and ready to follow Him.
Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended Sartang families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group.
Pray for the spiritual lives of the Sartang people to become fruitful as they follow Christ.
Pray for the lives and culture of the Sartang people to evidence the rule and reign of the Kingdom of God as they open to the gospel, and for the beauty of Jesus to be seen in them.


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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:4,000
Largest States:
Arunachal Pradesh (4,000)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Sartang
People Name General: Sartang
ROP3 Code: 118351
Joshua Project People ID: 21560
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 4,000
Population all Countries: 4,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
People Name General: Sartang
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Sartang (4,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): onp    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism97.44 % 
Christianity1.50 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.65 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.15 % 
Unknown0.26 % 
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
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]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories
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