Pod in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

With a gentle touch, Anindita, the bride, applied sandalwood paste to the forehead of Chiman, her groom, as their marriage ceremony was concluding. Chiman then placed a dot of bright red sindoor paste in the center of her forehead. After six years of waiting, she was now his wife. Both sets of parents planned this wedding, even though they came from two different clans within their Pod tribe in India. She would wear the red dot on her forehead each day to bring good luck to her husband. Proudly, Anindita felt she would receive the blessing of the Hindu goddess Sati which would in turn bring honor to Chiman. She also was proud of the small piece of land her father gave them as her dowry.

West Bengal is the home of almost three million Hindu Pod people. They prefer to be called Poundra. Their name means lotus. They are divided into a number of clans. The majority live by farming small tracts of land. Some of these Dalits own their own land. The landless among them work in other occupations such as fishing, carpentry and bamboo work. Education has become important to them and they work hard so their children can attend school.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Pod in India.

* Pray that Christian Dalits will be witnesses to these people.
* Pray that Christian literature will be provided as their literacy is increasing.
* May the Pod people soon know God's gift of salvation.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-09-23
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-10-30
People Name General Pod
People Name in Country Pod
Population this Country 2,992,000
Population all Countries 3,008,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 60
Alternate Names Bartiya; Padmaraj; Padmaraja; Paundra; Paundra Kshatriya; Pondara; Pondari; Poundara Kshatriya; Poundra; Pundari; Pundarika; Punro; Sapui; पॉड
People ID 17896
ROP3 Code 113376
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 34
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
West Bengal
2,470,000
Assam
247,000
Odisha
82,000
Tripura
65,000
Jharkhand
58,000
Bihar
13,000
Andaman and Nicobar
9,700
Nagaland
7,500
Chhattisgarh
6,400
Meghalaya
6,000
Arunachal Pradesh
5,500
Maharashtra
4,100
Uttar Pradesh
3,600
Madhya Pradesh
3,100
Manipur
2,200
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 34  (only 20 largest shown)
  West Bengal 2,470,000
  Assam 247,000
  Odisha 82,000
  Tripura 65,000
  Jharkhand 58,000
  Bihar 13,000
  Andaman and Nicobar 9,700
  Nagaland 7,500
  Chhattisgarh 6,400
  Meghalaya 6,000
  Arunachal Pradesh 5,500
  Maharashtra 4,100
  Uttar Pradesh 3,600
  Madhya Pradesh 3,100
  Manipur 2,200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (2,558,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 16
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Assamese
176,000
Hindi
158,000
Odia
75,000
Maithili
4,400
Kok Borok
3,900
Amri Karbi
3,100
Andaman Hindi Creole
1,300
Sadri
1,000
Kui
400
Santhali
400
Magahi
200
Kurux
200
Bhojpuri
100
Kui, Dawik
80
Telugu
60
Primary Language Bengali (2,558,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 16
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Assamese 176,000
  Hindi 158,000
  Odia 75,000
  Maithili 4,400
  Kok Borok 3,900
  Amri Karbi 3,100
  Andaman Hindi Creole 1,300
  Sadri 1,000
  Kui 400
  Santhali 400
  Magahi 200
  Kurux 200
  Bhojpuri 100
  Kui, Dawik 80
  Telugu 60
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1832-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (Global Recordings Network)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Bangla Version (Faith Comes By Hearing)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (Faith Comes By Hearing)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (Faith Comes By Hearing)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.03 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.36 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.60 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.01 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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