Pentia in India

The Pentia 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.

Subgroups: 2

Subgroup Name Population
Bodo 900
Sanno 900

Introduction / History

This Scheduled Tribe lives as farmers in Odisha. They are also known as Holva. They dress and look the same as other communities, so you could not tell them apart from other rural communities. There is no anthropological information available to describe their history, so we know little about their past.


Where Are they Located?

This Hindu tribe lives in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The population of the Pentia tribe is declining. They are farmers who supplement their incomes by selling produce they find in the forest. Wives contribute to the family income, but they do not have very much power within a family.

The most prestigious way to marry is through negotiations, but sometimes this people group has marriages though elopement or through the groom’s family capturing the bride. After the wedding the couple lives with the groom’s family for a while; we call this patrilocal. They don’t begin to live together until an auspicious day is set. They visit her family for five to nine days before living with the groom’s family. Usually a man only has one wife, and they marry as adults. Most Pentia families are nuclear, meaning they only have husband, wife, and children under the same roof.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They are animists who also worship some of the Hindu gods, especially Nisani, their family deity. They also worship other gods.


What Are Their Needs?

Like all other people groups that do not have a gospel witness, the Hindu Pentia people need to have the chance to live the abundant life offered by Jesus Christ.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Pentia in India.

* Pray that the sheer wonder of knowing Jesus and the impact He has on their lives and the joy He brings spur believers to share Christ with the Pentia people.
* Pray the hearts of the Pentia people would be stirred by a sovereign work of the Holy Spirit readying them for the time when they hear the gospel message being shared with them.
* Pray they will experience dreams and visions of Jesus leading them into a saving relationship with Him.
* Pray for an unstoppable disciple-making movement among the Pentia people.


References

https://books.google.com/books?id=qxxnZ4XxUbsC&pg=PA44&lpg=PA44&dq=Pentia+people+India&source=bl&ots=fFLdTN2VdC&sig=ACfU3U1iLxsj1KBpQpilJZlpGabfSn243A&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjB_vmUta3jAhXSrJ4KHYQSCn8Q6AEwA3oECAcQAQ#v=onepage&q=Pentia%20people%20India&f=false
Peoples of India: Odisha, vol XVI, part 2, pp. 1220-24, K.S. Singh


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Pentia
People Name in Country Pentia
World Population 10,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Holuva; Holva; Pantla; Penthia; Petia; पेंटिया
People ID 17864
ROP3 Code 113340
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 2
Largest States
Odisha
10,000
Andhra Pradesh
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 2
  Odisha 10,000
  Andhra Pradesh 200
Website South Asia Peoples

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Ethnolinguistic map or other map

Primary Language Odia (5,600 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
Bhatri
2,100
Pengo
1,800
Marathi
400
Hindi
200
Munda
20
Koya
20
Santhali Ho Telugu
Mundari Kuvi Gondi, Northern
Malayalam Kurux
Primary Language Odia (5,600 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
  Bhatri 2,100
  Pengo 1,800
  Marathi 400
  Hindi 200
  Munda 20
  Koya 20
  Santhali 10
  Ho 10
  Telugu 10
  Mundari 10
  Kuvi 0
  Gondi, Northern 0
  Malayalam 0
  Kurux 0
People Groups Speaking Odia

Primary Language:  Odia

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1811-1956)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1809-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1815-2014)
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 (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Odia
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Odia
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)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Gospel website in this language
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ODIA - Oriya
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.25 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.49 %
Islam
0.16 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.03 %
Unknown
0.07 %
* 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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