Sinhalese in Libya


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Introduction / History

The name Sinhala comes from the Sanskrit word for lion. Sinhalese are believed to be of Aryan descent. They migrated from India (Bengal, Orissa, and Gujarat) to Sri Lanka as early as the 6th century B.C. where they were known as Sinhalese. The Sinhalese King, court, and people converted to Indian Buddhism in the 2nd century B.C.

The Sinhalese are the dominant people of Sri Lanka where they make of 74% of the population. Some of these people left their island during the three decades long Sri Lankan civil war (1983-2009) and settled in many other countries, including Libya. In 2011, when Libya was experiencing their own civil war, many began to return to Sri Lanka. Today there are few if any Sri Lankans left in Libya.


Where Are they Located?

The vast majority of the Sinhalese live in their native country, Sri Lanka, though there are small numbers of Sinhalese migrants in many countries in East Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and North America. A small number live in Libya, and that number is diminishing.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Sinhalese people in Libya continue traditions that have been passed from their ancestors in Sri Lanka, while of necessity obeying the laws of the local government. Most of the Sinhalese traditions on marriage center on a single nuclear family, consisting of a married couple and their children. Yet a Sinhalese man or woman might have four marriages in their lifetime, due to the influence of Islam.

After marriage, a Sinhalese woman typically moves in with her husband's family unless she and her husband can afford to set up their own house. In the past, a Sinhalese couple did not need a marriage certificate to say that they were married. Both the bride and groom would testify that they were living together. Women do not accept their husband's names after marriage but continue to maintain their maiden names. The man is considered the authority of the household, but both man and woman can inherit property.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The majority of Sinhalese in Libya are Theravada Buddhist and the temple is the focal point of their activities. They love to celebrate Buddha Day. Besides the religious Wesak day (a Buddhist celebration of Buddha's enlightenment), the Sinhalese Buddhist community also celebrates the New Year usually on 14th April. New Year's Day begins with lighting a lamp and placing it in a prominent position in the house and it is believed to drive away evil spirits. Certain foods are required, and it is believed that eating these foods on an auspicious day will bring one good fortune throughout the year. This custom is still practiced despite disbelief among most people in their community today.


What Are Their Needs?

The Buddhist Sinhalese diaspora need the chance to find their way to Jesus Christ, who offers life to the full.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Sinhalese in Libya.

* Pray for His kingdom to come and His will to be done among the Buddhist Sinhalese people in Libya.
* Pray for a movement of Buddhist Sinhalese households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ.
* Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive the Sinhalese people to the arms of Jesus.
* Pray for workers who are filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit to go to the Sinhalese people in their various locations.


References

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinhalese people
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theravada
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Lankan_diaspora


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Sinhalese
People Name in Country Sinhalese
World Population 448,000
Total Countries 17
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 2
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Cingalese; Singalese; Singhalese; Sinhala; सिनलीज़
People ID 14196
ROP3 Code 109305
Country Libya
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 4  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Libya
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 4  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

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Primary Language Sinhala (16,000 speakers)
Language Code sin   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Sinhalese
Dialect Code 345   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Sinhala (16,000 speakers)
Language Code sin   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Sinhalese
Dialect Code 345   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Sinhala

Primary Language:  Sinhala

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1739-1966)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1776-1991)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1823-2009)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Sinhala
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible: සිංහල - Sinhala
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
70.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.20 %)
9.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
13.00 %
Islam
8.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
8.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
7.0 %
Roman Catholic
85.0 %
Photo Source Sally Cawthra, London, England 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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