Sabar in India

The Sabar have only been reported 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

The Sabar or Saora of India are a small group of tribal people who live in the state of Tripura. During colonial times, the British classified the Sabar as a “criminal tribe.” This bad reputation carries on to today. The other peoples living in Tripura shun the Sabar. The Sabar speak Bengali as their main language. Many Christian resources are available in Bengali including a whole Bible.


Where Are they Located?

The small Sabar tribe lives in the forests of Tripura, a state in northeastern India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

According to Wikipedia, the forest-dwelling Sabar lack experience in agriculture, and rely on the forests for their livelihood. Even by Indian standards, the Sabar are very poor. Their main sources of food are hunting and gathering in the forests. The Sabar are now living by aid from the Indian government and foreign agencies. A reporter from the website “Scroll In” visited the Sabar villages. He describes what he saw as tragic due to the malnourishment and illnesses among the people. The only things the Sabar owned were small wooden huts and a few household utensils. Their children were starving, sick and not attending school. The Sabar marry within their group. Few if any other Indian peoples would allow their young person to marry a Sabar.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Sabar people practice Hinduism heavily mixed with animism. They worship a couple of Hindu gods but rely mainly on the spirits their ancestors worshipped. They have their own shrines and priests.


What Are Their Needs?

The Sabar have major economic and spiritual needs. They need to see Christianity lives out before them in practical ways. They need schools for their children. They need a steady source of food and clean water. They need access to medical care. Most of all, the Sabar need to hear and respond to the message of Jesus Christ. He alone can give them hope for a better future in this life and the next.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Sabar in India.

* Pray for his kingdom to come and his will to be done among the Sabar people.
* Pray for a movement of Sabar households accept the blessings of Christ.
* Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive the Sabar people to the arms of Jesus.
* Pray for workers who are filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit to go to the Sabar people.
* Pray the Sabar have their basic physical needs met.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabar_people
https://scroll.in/article/757603/in-jharkhand-a-marginalised-tribe-lives-in-hamlets-of-misery-and-despair


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Sabar
People Name in Country Sabar
World Population 3,900
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names सबर
People ID 17990
ROP3 Code 113480
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)
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 1
  Tripura 3,900
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Bengali (3,900 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Bengali (3,900 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
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
Virtual Storehouse
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
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 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
General Bible Visuals
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.03 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.97 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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