Assamese Sikh in India


Joshua Project has identified the Assamese Sikh only in India

Population

1,000

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Eyes of the Heart

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Introduction / History

This is a cluster level profile for all Assamese people.

Most live in villages, and only a small fraction live in towns or cities. More than half of the villagers are farmers. Rice is the principal crop, followed by tea and a fibrous Indian plant called jute. Mustard plants, potatoes, and fruits are also grown. Because the area has an abundance of rain, the farmers are able to produce rice year-round. About half of India's tea is grown on plantations that are located in Assam. Other occupations that are held by villagers include small shops, fishing, and basket weaving. Those living in towns sometimes work as school teachers or office assistants. Their villages are typically surrounded by groves of bamboo, banana, and mango trees. Each farmer has a kett or rice plot, on the swampy plains near his home. This enables him to keep an eye on the rice fields year-round. Although only a few live in cities or towns, the cities play an important role in the lives of the villagers. Markets, bazaars, parks, and cinemas attract and entertain those living in rural areas. Hospitals and universities provide important services for them as well. Hindu girls living in Assam have long, glossy, black hair. They are usually engaged by the time they are 11 or 12 years old, and marry by the time they turn 14. Horoscopes are commonly used to find mates for the children.


Where are they Located?

They live in the state of Assam, which is located in the northeastern corner of India. Other Assamese communities can also be found in the neighboring countries of Bangladesh and Bhutan. Assam state (together with eight other states) is fairly isolated from central India, linked only by a small area between Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Nepal. The culture, population, and religious beliefs of the Assamese have been greatly affected over the years by the countries that surround them. Those who live in Assam do not suffer from the extreme heat that plagues much of India. On the contrary, very mild temperatures are enjoyed throughout the year. Assam is primarily rural land consisting of river valleys, plains, and forests. Unfortunately, flooding and earthquakes are common occurrences. Wild elephants roam freely in the area, while domesticated elephants often are used as a means of transportation.


What are Their Beliefs?

Most of all Assamese are Hindus. However, because of the various belief systems that have been integrated into their culture, their Hindu practices are often unorthodox. This particular people group practices Sikhism. Some of the Assamese have combined animism (the belief that non-living objects have spirits) with Hinduism. Others eat meat, which is strictly forbidden in Hinduism. They may also refuse to worship elephants, as is customary among Hindus. Nevertheless, many of the well-educated (those belonging to the upper class of the Hindu "caste system") are devout, orthodox Hindus. They observe every ritual without compromise, such as bathing before each meal and eating rice from brass dishes. They also typically name their children after Hindu gods and heroes. For the most part, almost every aspect of daily life reflects Hinduism. Eating, finding a mate, planting in the fields, and celebrating festivals are all done according to Hindu custom. They worship millions of gods, some of which are animals. They also trust in astrology to determine their fates. Practices such as meditation are often used to "open their minds."


Prayer Points

* Ask God to raise up prayer teams who will break up the soil through worship and intercession.
* Ask God to grant wisdom and favor to the missions agencies focusing on the Assamese.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to complete the work begun in the hearts of the Assamese believers through adequate discipleship.
* Pray for effectiveness of the Jesus film among the Assamese.
* Ask God to anoint the Gospel as it goes forth via radio in the Asami language.
* Pray that the Holy Spirit will create a hunger in the hearts of the Assamese to know the one true God.
* Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among the Assamese by the year 2000.


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Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-10-12
People Name General Assamese Sikh
People Name in Country Assamese Sikh
Population in India 1,000
World Population 1,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Asomiya Sikh, Assamese Sikh
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Assamese
People Name General Assamese Sikh
Ethnic Code CNN25n
People ID 18769
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Assam (1,000)
Total States on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Assam (1,000)

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Languages & Dialects on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Panjabi, Eastern (1,000) Assamese (70)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Panjabi, Eastern 1,000 Assamese 70
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1818-1954)
New Testament Yes   (1815-2011)
Complete Bible Yes   (1959-2002)
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Panjabi, Eastern
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Sikh Punjabi Language Film
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
100.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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