Hindi in South Africa


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Introduction / History

Hindi is an Indo-Aryan language. Many Hindi words are borrowed from the Sanskrit language, and it is written in the Devanagari script. Hindi is so similar to Urdu that the two languages are mutually intelligible. The main difference is that Urdu speakers are almost always Muslim and Hindi speakers are Hindu. Of all the Hindi speakers living outside India, the majority live in the neighboring countries of Bangladesh, Myanmar, Pakistan, Nepal, and Afghanistan. Others live in various countries throughout the world.


Hindi is more of a language than a people group distinction. In reality, Hindi-speakers are a collection of ethnic and social groups. But when it comes to the Hindi-speaking Diaspora, things change. South Asians in a foreign setting often come together for various events that are unique to South Asia. For example, all South Asians, no matter what their language, will come together to celebrate India’s Independence Day. Each language group also has their own separate cultural and social events.


When the British colonizers brought Indian indentured servants to South Africa, they had to find a common language. They used Hindi, but eventually each gravitated to their own language and English.


It is usually the higher castes and educated people who leave India and migrate to other countries. These people now hold a wide variety of occupations. While most have kept various aspects of the Hindi culture, they are all affected by the local cuisine, culture and language. Most of the Hindi speakers and other South Asians in South Africa live in the city of Durban.


What Are Their Lives Like?

In their new countries, Hindi speakers have set up Indian spice shops, video stores, and small businesses in urban settings. They are commonly working in the tech industry, as engineers or in the medical profession. A smaller number of them have low-paying jobs in Indian restaurants or as construction workers.


In diaspora, Hindi speakers are losing some of their South Asian ways. They usually wear Western style clothes. Many drink wine and eat every kind of meat except beef. Hindu women have the right to divorce and remarry. Though it is still common to have an arranged marriage, these people often select their own spouse from internet sources. Others choose their own spouse with parental approval.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The majority of Hindi speakers practice Hinduism. Hinduism is more an identity than a religion. The Hindu religion offers a reason to come together with other South Asians for social events. These events include Diwali and other Hindu celebrations.


Members of the high castes typically view Hinduism as a philosophy. Others view it as a religion. They worship gods that they believe can benefit them in practical ways. They make sacrifices and offerings to their gods to earn their favor, appease them and avoid calamity.


Orthodox Hinduism teaches that the soul never dies. When the body dies, the soul is reborn or reincarnated. The soul may be reborn as an animal or as a human. They worship some gods in the form of animals. The law of karma states that every action influences how the soul will be born in the next reincarnation. If a person lives a good life, the soul will be born into a higher state. If a person leads an evil life, the soul will be born into a lower state.


What Are Their Needs?

The Hindi speaking diaspora needs to find a new love—a love for Jesus Christ, the one who offers them life to the full. As it stands, most are satisfied with religion.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Hindi speakers in South Africa to have hearts that are open to the abundant blessings of Jesus Christ.


Pray for Hindi families to prosper financially and spiritually as they experience a relationship with Jesus Christ.


Pray for a movement to Christ among Hindi speakers that will spread joy, peace and salvation to other peoples.


Pray for the leaders of the Hindi speakers in South Africa to have a spiritual hunger that will drive them to the empty grave.


Scripture Prayers for the Hindi in South Africa.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Hindi
People Name in Country Hindi
Pronunciation HIN-dee
Population this Country 467,000
Population all Countries 2,711,000
Total Countries 17
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 5  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 9
Alternate Names Bazaar; East Indian; High Hindi; Hindustani; Indo-Pakestani; North Indian
People ID 12106
ROP3 Code 103789
Country South Africa
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Mainly Natal   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Country South Africa
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Mainly Natal.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Primary Language Hindi (467,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Hindi (467,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1835-2019)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
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Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament DAVAR Partners International
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub) Create International
Film / Video Coconuts Create International
Film / Video Creation to Christ Create International
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 Hindi Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.60 %)
4.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
75.00 %
Islam
6.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
15.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
30.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
40.0 %
Roman Catholic
30.0 %
Photo Source Sonam Prajapati - Pixabay 
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more