Sansi, Sikh traditions in India

Joshua Project has identified the Sansi, Sikh traditions only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

On a world map a 60,000-person village would probably not rate the tiniest of dots to represent it. If those 60,000 people were scattered over a broad range, where would the mapmaker place the dot? And what if these 60,000 people were continually moving from place to place? No dot, no representation, no home, no roots; these 60,000 Sansi people would be nearly invisible to the outside world.

But the Lord Almighty knows every Sansi person, and must surely weep for the desperate and criminal lifestyle they live. Cattle thievery and petty crimes support their families, and living in the shadows of near invisibility suits that existence just fine. However, their victims sometimes become violently angry, and life then becomes dangerous for this criminal nomadic group.

Their language is endangered because they only speak it among themselves, and there are so few of them. They are considered an "untouchable" caste, and government designs to settle them in one place have been thwarted by their continual habit of selling or bartering any land that is given to them.

Prayer Points

* Pray for a move of the Holy Spirit to transform Sansi communities so that they will do productive work rather than stealing.
* Pray that the Lord will call workers as gentle as doves but as sly as foxes to be able to identify with the Sansi Sikhs and share the way to eternal and abundant life with these precious black sheep.

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-10-11
Video Links:
Eyes of the Heart
People Name General Sansi, Sikh traditions
People Name in Country Sansi, Sikh traditions
Population in India 16,000
World Population 16,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bhedkhut, Kanjarbhatt, Kapadia, Kikan, Manesh, Rihluwala, Sanchia, Sansia
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Punjabi
People Name General Sansi, Sikh traditions
Ethnic Code CNN25n
People ID 18166
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Rajasthan (7,600) Punjab (3,900) Maharashtra (2,800) Madhya Pradesh (1,500)
Gujarat (400) Delhi (60) Uttar Pradesh (40)
Total States on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Rajasthan (7,600) Punjab (3,900)
Maharashtra (2,800) Madhya Pradesh (1,500)
Gujarat (400) Delhi (60)
Uttar Pradesh (40)

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Enthologue Language Map

Ethnolinguistic map from University of Texas or other map

Languages & Dialects on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Panjabi, Eastern (10,000) Panjabi, Western (3,300) Hindi (2,200) Sansi (300)
Marwari (100) Bagri (80) Gujarati (20)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Panjabi, Eastern 10,000 Panjabi, Western 3,300
Hindi 2,200 Sansi 300
Marwari 100 Bagri 80
Gujarati 20
For Primary Language: Panjabi, Eastern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1818-1954)
New Testament Yes   (1815-2011)
Complete Bible Yes   (1959-2002)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Panjabi, Eastern Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Online Scripture (Talking Bibles) Audio Recordings
Oral Bible Audio Recordings
Sikh Punjabi Language Film Film / Video
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Other / Small

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
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Ethnic Religions
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Other / Small
100.00 %
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Christian Segments Percent
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Other Christian
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Roman Catholic
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Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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