Punjabi in Mauritius


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Introduction / History

During the days of the British Empire, the Brits sent indentured servants to Mauritius, an island off the coast of East Africa, to work sugar cane fields and the like. Some of these Indians spoke the Punjabi language as do their descendants today. There were women among the Punjabis, and many of these married Chinese men who also migrated to this island nation.

21st century Punjabis are living much better than the ones who first came to Mauritius. Punjabis, and other Mauritians of Indian descent, have dominated the political landscape of this island nation for many years. Indians make up over half of the population of Mauritius today.


Where Are they Located?

The Punjabis live mainly in the few urban centers of Mauritius such as Port Louis. Others live in smaller places like Quatres Bornes. They tend to congregate at their places of worship known as gurdwaras.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Many of the Punjabis in Mauritius are working in the high tech and banking industries. They are highly educated and noted for their abilities in business and computer programming.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most of the Punjabis in Mauritius are Sikhs, though there are a couple of Hindu Punjabis families among them. Sikhism was founded by Guru Nanak, who tried to bring together the best teachings of Islam and Hinduism at a time when there was much fighting between the two religious communities.


What Are Their Needs?

The Punjabis in Mauritius are doing well economically, but they are on the wrong track in terms of their spiritual direction. Though Guru Nanak taught the Sikhs some good moral teachings about helping the poor, he did not point the way to the only Savior of all mankind, Jesus Christ.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Holy Spirit will thrust out ambassadors to the Punjabis with the eternal gospel.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to move in Punjabi hearts so they will understand that they need a Savior.
Pray for the highly literate Punjabis to form Bible studies in their language.
Pray that these Bible studies will result in Christ-oriented fellowships throughout Mauritius.


Scripture Prayers for the Punjabi in Mauritius.


References

Profiles written by Global Prayer Digest
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/14483/MP
https://drchaman.wordpress.com/2009/07/18/punjabis-in-mauritius-2/
https://sikhchic.com/travel/the_sikhs_of_mauritius
http://www.sikhiwiki.org/index.php/Siri_Guru_Singh_Sabha,_Port_Louis
https://www.worldgurudwaras.com/mauritius/sri-guru-singh-sabha-port-louis
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mauritian_of_Indian_origin
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punjabi_diaspora
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikh_diaspora


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2018-01-09
People Name General Punjabi
People Name in Country Punjabi
Pronunciation puhn-JAH-bee
Population this Country 25,000
Population all Countries 2,136,000
Total Countries 18
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Eastern Punjabi; Gurmukhi; Mirpur Punjabi; Panjabi; Sikh
People ID 14483
ROP3 Code 108182
Country Mauritius
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Mauritius
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Religion: Other / Small
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.50 %)
2.50 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
34.00 %
Islam
20.00 %
Non-Religious
2.50 %
Other / Small
41.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (25,000 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Punjabi
Dialect Code 761   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (25,000 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Punjabi
Dialect Code 761   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Eastern

Primary Language:  Punjabi, Eastern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1818-1954)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1815-2011)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1959-2021)
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Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture Talking Bibles
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
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Audio Recordings Recorded oral Bible Oral Bibles
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Eastern Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Four Spiritual Laws Campus Crusade for Christ
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General Zume Resources Zume Project
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Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store Operation Agape
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Punjabi, Eastern YouVersion Bibles
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