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Saora in Nepal


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,800 Sora Hinduism 5.09 % Unknown No   

Saora in Nepal

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Introduction / History
The Saora are a scheduled tribe, meaning that they have a tribal background and they are given low status in the Hindu pecking order. They speak Sora and are mostly Hindus. Most are less than average height.

Where are they located?
You can find Saora people in Bangladesh, India, or Nepal. Their population is small in Bangladesh and Nepal.

What are their lives like?
They are farmers who use slash and burn farming techniques. The Saora people will cultivate land to raise rice, millet and pulses, but after a couple of harvests they need to move on to productive land, since their agricultural techniques are unsustainable. They usually return to their original plots after the land has recovered. One of their main challenges is that they usually live high in the hills, so their land is not level enough to cultivate properly. There is a problem with soil erosion. The men hunt wild game to enhance their food source. They exchange produce and wild game at an important weekly market called shandies.

The Saora family is patriarchal, meaning that the descent comes through the father's side of the family. Instead of clans like most other South Asian communities, the Saoras have extended families called Berinda, which include descendants from a common ancestor for four or five generations.

Traditional village councils judge matters such as financial and social ones. They use both herbal and modern medicines. Their literacy level tends to be low so the gospel message will need to be given in oral form and not just in written form.

What are their beliefs?
The Saora people are officially Hindu, but this religious system allows for much spiritual flexibility. Their spiritual lives are very much influenced by shamans (usually a woman) who act as intermediaries between the worlds of the living and that of the dead. In India, but not Nepal or Bangladesh, missionaries have made inroads into their spiritual lives.

What are their needs?
The Saora people need help in developing farming techniques that will allow them to farm their land without temporarily making it unproductive.

Prayer Points
Pray for families of believers loving and serving others to grow reproducing Saora churches.
Pray for a chain reaction of Saora families reaching families that results in thousands of new believers who share their faith with others.
Pray for grace and truth expanding into the entire Saora society as all believers learn to love others.
Pray that churches and believers will bless their entire people group in such a way that God's love will change the Saora people like yeast changes dough.


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Country: Nepal
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:1,800
Largest Provinces:
Kosi (1,800)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Saora
People Name General: Saora
Alternate People Names:
DravidianJora Malhar
Jora SavaraKapusavara
MalhorMaliya Savara
ROP3 Code: 113518
Joshua Project People ID: 18023
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,800
Population all Countries: 955,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
People Name General: Saora
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Sora (1,800 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): srb    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity5.09 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism94.91 % 
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]   Evangelicals have only a very small representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1939-1985
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1992-2004
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
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Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Sora
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Saora in Nepal

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      Saora Nepal    
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