• PEOPLE CLUSTER: ODIA

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By Kerry Olson

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QUICK FACTS:

People groups: 35

Population: 18,755,150

Unreached people groups: 34

UPG population: 17,966,150

Unengaged UPGs: 12

UUPG population: 334,500

Number of countries: 3


Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples

Overview: Odia is a major language of India, spoken in the states of Odisha, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh. It is the state language of Odisha and the second official language of Jharkhand. The Odia people cluster encompasses numerous occupational castes that share the Odia language and the Hindu religion.

Peoples within this cluster: Badu; Bairagi (Oriya); Bania, Oriya; Barika; Brahman, Oriya; Chaikwa; Chamar, Oriya; Chatarkheya; Darzi, Oriya; Dhobi, Oriya; Ganrar; Ghantarghada; Girigiria; Gond (Oriya); Haddi; Kobari; Koraga; Kuliya; Kumhar (Oriya); Lohar, Oriya; Mali, Oriya; Malia; Orisi; Panka (Oriya); Paroja; Patra; Radhi; Rajput, Oriya; Sannyasi; Shaikh, Oriya; Teli, Oriya; Thanapati; Thoria; Yadava, Oriya

Countries where they are found: Bangladesh; India; Myanmar


People groups: 35

Population: 18,755,150

Unreached people groups: 34

UPG population: 17,966,150

Unengaged UPGs: 12

UUPG population: 334,500

Number of countries: 3