Toto in India

The Toto have only been reported in India
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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Evangelical
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

Toto people are an isolated tribal group who are struggling to keep their sense of community, identity and culture as the world moves in around them. Their language is unique to their dwindling tribe.


Where Are they Located?

The Toto people live in West Bengal.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Toto people are largely land cultivators. Every home also has a family garden protected by bamboo fences in which they grow potatoes, vegetables, and bananas. They also eat pork, venison, poultry and fish. Some also raise cows and pigs as their occupation. Some work on nearby plantations, and they are known as quiet, reliable workers.

Their houses are elevated bamboo huts covered by thatched roofs. They keep an entry log outside their doors and pull them in at night. They do not permit divorce.

Young people speak Toto, Bengali and Nepali which are used in their schools. A primary healthcare center is also available to them.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Toto people consider themselves Hindus who also worship nature. They worship and fear many gods. They believe that Ishpa lives in the Bhutan Hills and causes illness when displeased. They offer animal sacrifices and fermented drink called Eu. Cheima keeps the village and its people safe, and is offered rice, poultry and their fermented drink. Priests also offer worship and sacrifices. Ishpa is worshiped outside their homes, and Cheima inside their homes.


What Are Their Needs?

Toto people need more than any other needs to know personally Almighty God who created in nature that they worship. They need to know that He paid the full penalty for their sins so they could live with Him forever.

They need to be protected from outside economic and cultural forces that would destroy their communities. Their families are in jeopardy as their young people are becoming more like the peoples around them


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Toto in India.

* Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the Toto people.
* Pray for the Toto people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.
* Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Toto people to change their society from within.
* Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers Toto disciples to make more disciples.
* Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Toto communities.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toto_people
https://www.smh.com.au/world/indias-tribal-people-fast-becoming-lost-for-words-20120429-1xted.html
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/job-for-first-woman-graduate-from-toto-tribe/article4757191.ece


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Toto
People Name in Country Toto
World Population 1,300
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names तोटो
People ID 21264
ROP3 Code 117276
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
  West Bengal 1,300
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Toto (1,300 speakers)
Language Code txo   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Toto (1,300 speakers)
Language Code txo   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Toto

Primary Language:  Toto

Bible Translation Status:  Unspecified

Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.78 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.22 %
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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