Sauntia in India

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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Sauntia
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 97,000
World Population: 97,000
Primary Language: Odia
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.65 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Sauntia are a scheduled caste of Odisha who speak, read and write in Oriya. They often use Pradhan as their surname.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Sauntia work mainly in agriculture which is their traditional work. Some of them are day laborers. They believe in education but have a low literacy level, so the gospel will need to be given in oral form. The Sauntia prefer cross cousin marriages. They are endogamous at the community level.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Sauntia people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.

What Are Their Needs?

The Sauntia people need a loving relationship with God the Father so they can enjoy life to the full.

Prayer Points

Pray that Indian believers will help the Sauntia people to begin their own disciple making movement. Pray for a spiritual hunger that will lead them to the blessings of Jesus. Pray that gospel recordings and the JESUS Film will help thousands to find the only Savior.

Text Source:   Keith Carey