Sarnami Hindi, East Indian in Guyana


Population
316,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

This people group originated in the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar before they were taken to the British colony of Guyana in northern South America to work on plantations.


Where Are they Located?

Guyana is in the northern part of South America just east of Venezuela.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The economy of Guyana is largely based on agriculture and mining. The Hindi Sarnami in Guyana are most likely involved in these industries.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Hindus who came to Guyana were mainly worshippers of the Hindu god Vishnu and his incarnations such as Krishna and Rama. Their form of Hinduism changed quite a bit through the years.

In 1910 the first Hindu Arya Samaj missionary came to Guyana and became popular with the Hindus in Guyana. The Arya Samaj Movement rejects the idea of caste and the role of Brahmans as the only religious leaders. It opposes the use of images and idols in worship. Some of the Hindi Sarnami people in Guyana have left Hinduism in recent years.


What Are Their Needs?

The Hindi Sarnami people in Guyana need a spiritual hunger that will lead them to Jesus Christ. Though they are a reached people group, many of them still live and die without hearing that Jesus saves sinners.


Prayer Points

* Pray for spiritual receptivity among these people who are mostly Hindu.
* There are Christian resources in their language. Pray that the Hindi Sarnami people will eagerly listen to them and be drawn to the Lord.
* Pray for a disciple making movement to emerge among the Hindi Sarnami people in Guyana that will bring in the entire harvest.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/14771/GY
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Guyana
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_Guyana


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-04-26
People Name General Sarnami Hindi
People Name in Country Sarnami Hindi, East Indian
Population in Guyana 316,000
World Population 1,121,600
Total Countries 6
Indigenous Yes
Unreached No
Progress Scale 4
GSEC 5  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Awadhi, Caribbean Hindi, Caribbean Hindi Speakers, Carribean Hindi, East Indian, East Indian Hindi, Hindi
People ID 14771
ROP3 Code 108730
Country Guyana
Region Central and South America
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Widespread. Possibly also in French Guiana.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Guyana
Region Central and South America
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Widespread. Possibly also in French Guiana..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language:  Guyanese Creole English

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions No
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Guyanese Creole English
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 6.00 %)
8.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.50 %
Hinduism
70.00 %
Islam
13.50 %
Non-Religious
7.00 %
Other / Small
1.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source Anonymous 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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