Sansi, Muslim in Pakistan



Population

5,660

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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Introduction / History

The Sansi Bhil inhabit the rural areas of Pakistan's Sindh Province. They are classified as a Bhil ethnic group, and their native language, Sansi, belongs to the Indo-Aryan linguistic family. Most of the Sansi Bhil are bilingual, speaking both Sansi and the language of their particular region, such as Sindhi, Urdu, or Punjabi.

The known history of the Sansi dates back to their defeat in the Moghal wars, which took place between the 1500's and the 1700's. When they lost their lands in these wars, the Sansi began to roam northern India and became known as a wandering community. Due to ongoing conflicts between the Hindus and Muslims, Pakistan was established as a separate Muslim state in 1947. At the partition, the Sansi, along with other Muslims of the Eastern Punjab region, migrated to Pakistan. There, they lived below the poverty line and were forced to beg for food. In order to survive, some adopted habits such as stealing and cattle-lifting, and became part of the "criminal castes."


What are Their Lives Like?

Working as cattle herders and field hands for wealthy Pakistani landowners, the Sansi scrape out a meager livelihood. Because no land provisions were made for them when Pakistan was created, very few of the Sansi own their own land. Many are slaves, and the landowners that have kept them for generations are reluctant to set them free-an issue that is causing significant dissension within Pakistan.

Many of the lower caste Hindu Sansi are migrant farm workers. They follow the seasonal crops to bring extra income to their suffering families. Wheat and maize are the staple crops, followed by rice, cotton lint, and millet. Skilled and unskilled Sansi laborers also have jobs in factories and mills.

Women have an honorable position in Sansi culture. Adult marriages are the norm, with the bride leaving her family to live with the groom's family until they can set up their own household. For many years the Sansi lived in extended family units. However, the number of nuclear families is now increasing.

Some of the Sansi villages are very small, containing only one or two extended families. The Sansi villages that are located near other Sindh villages usually remain isolated. The Sansi have very little in the way of wealth, and their traditional plaster houses are cramped and dirty. Today, some of them are building houses that have more rooms so joint family living will not be so congested.


What are Their Beliefs?

While many of the Sansi who immigrated from India to Pakistan in 1947 quickly became Muslims, others maintained their Hindu traditions, which include superstitions, omens, and fears. For Hindus, all animate and inanimate objects may be the abode of all sorts of spirits. They are extremely fearful of the spirit of a person who dies suddenly and of the "evil eye," a jealous look that carries a curse with it.


What are Their Needs?

The Sansi desperately need to be socially educated. Spiritually, their greatest need is justice-to be treated as valuable people and lifted out of oppression and depression. Only God can bring inner healing to the Sansi and give them the stability and security they have needed for so long.


Prayer Points

* Ask the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers to live and work among the Sansi Bhil.
* Ask God to raise up prayer teams who will begin breaking up the soil through worship and intercession.
* Pray that the doors will soon open to missionaries.
* Ask the Lord to raise up a triumphant Sansi Bhil church for the glory of His name!


Profile Source:   Bethany World Prayer Center  

People Name General Sansi, Muslim
People Name in Country Sansi, Muslim
Population in Pakistan 5,700
World Population 5,900
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bhedkhut, Bhedkut, Kapadia, Kikan, Manesh, Rihluwala, Sansia, Sansiya
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bhil
People Name General Sansi, Muslim
Ethnic Code AUG06a
People ID 14732
Country Pakistan
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  3  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (5,600) Sindh (30) Islamabad (20)
Total States on file:  3  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (5,600) Sindh (30)
Islamabad (20)
Languages & Dialects on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Panjabi, Western (5,200) Urdu (200) Seraiki (100) Sansi (70)
Marwari (20)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Panjabi, Western 5,200 Urdu 200
Seraiki 100 Sansi 70
Marwari 20
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1885-1922)
New Testament Yes   (1819-2000)
Complete Bible No
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Punjabi Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Panjabi, Western
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Map Source: Bethany World Prayer Center  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Bethany World Prayer Center  
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