Teli Sahu in India

The Teli Sahu 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 word sahu is related to a word for moneylender. The Sahu of Madhya Pradesh are vegetarians, indicating high status as Hindus. They speak Hindi and read and write in Devanagari.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of the Sahu own land and they work mainly in agriculture. There are professional among them such as doctors and engineers. They believe in education and use modern medicines. The Sahu of Delhi are mostly self-employed in the confectionery business and in transport. Divorcees and the bereaved can marry again. On the death of the father, the oldest son takes charge of the family estate. They have a council to look after their interests.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Sahu 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. Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

The Sahu Teli people need to accept and embrace the abundant life offered only by Jesus Christ.


Prayer Points

Pray that the council leaders come to Jesus and lead their community to consider the claims of Christ. Pray that Indian believers will faithfully pray for and go to the Sahu people until they have a movement to Christ. Pray for a spiritual hunger that will lead them to the blessings of Jesus.


Scripture Prayers for the Teli Sahu in India.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Teli Sahu
People Name in Country Teli Sahu
Population this Country 96,000
Population all Countries 96,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Bania Teli; Bundelkhandi Teli; Sao Teli; Teli; Tili; टेली साहू
People ID 21499
ROP3 Code 118328
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 3
Largest States
Maharashtra
94,000
Chhattisgarh
1,200
Madhya Pradesh
10
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
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 3
  Maharashtra 94,000
  Chhattisgarh 1,200
  Madhya Pradesh 10
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Marathi (69,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Hindi
11,000
Chhattisgarhi
900
Telugu
80
Bundeli
70
Primary Language Marathi (69,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 11,000
  Chhattisgarhi 900
  Telugu 80
  Bundeli 70
People Groups Speaking Marathi

Primary Language:  Marathi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1807-1957)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1982)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1821-2022)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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Amazon
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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
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Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible General / Other
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Marathi Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.12 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.88 %
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.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more