Asur in Bangladesh


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Introduction / History

A number of tribal groups live in the thick forests and mineral rich land of the hilly part of the state of Jharkhand. Asur is one of them. Most live in India, but there are some in neighboring Bangladesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Asur do not mingle freely with others, making it difficult for an outsider to enter their area and build friendships. Any outsider traveling in the region is viewed with suspicion as the area is known for militant activities.

Most Asur children do not attend school, as school facilities are not easily available, and they need to walk long distances to go to school. This keeps the literacy rates among the Asur very low. It is too bad that the schools are far from their villages since their attitude towards education is very positive.

Most of the hard working Asur earn their livelihood as day laborers in mines. In general, the living conditions of the Asur are good. Yet, there is a sharp contrast in the lifestyles and social levels of Christian Asur versus the others. Christians among them have better access to medical facilities, are better educated and have better knowledge about the outside world.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Traditionally, they followed an animistic religion. A number of Asur have responded to the gospel and worship Jesus. They have absorbed many of their ancestral worship forms into the church.


What Are Their Needs?

There is need for local schools and medical facilities for the Asur people.


Prayer Points

Pray the Asur would see they can enjoy abundant life if they put their trust in Jesus Christ.

Pray for the Lord to intervene in their families, calling people to his side and blessing them in every way.

Pray for loving workers to go to them in Bangladesh. Their church is much strong in India than Bangladesh.

Pray for their hearts to be drawn to the Lord of lords.

Pray for a church planting movement to thrive in Bangladesh.

Pray for them to have adequate biblical materials.


Scripture Prayers for the Asur in Bangladesh.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Asur
People Name in Country Asur
Alternate Names Bir Asur; असुर
Population this Country 2,000
Population all Countries 43,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 16257
ROP3 Code 111379
ROP25 Code 300545
ROP25 Name Asur
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 2
Largest States
Sylhet
1,500
Rangpur
400
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 2
  Sylhet 1,500
  Rangpur 400
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
1.23 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
98.11 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.66 %
* From latest Bangladesh census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Sylheti (1,300 speakers)
Language Code syl   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Bengali
700
Primary Language Sylheti (1,300 speakers)
Language Code syl   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Bengali 700
People Groups Speaking Sylheti
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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