Asur in India


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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Evangelical
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Introduction / History

In the thick forests and mineral rich land of the hilly part of the State of Jharkhand, live a number of different tribal groups. Asur is one of them. 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 not closer since their attitude towards education is very positive.


What Are Their Lives Like?

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. There is need for developmental activities in the areas of education, social and medical facilities.

The Asur speak a distinct language called Asuri but no portion of the Scripture is available. Having the Word of God in their language would be an asset in building the foundations of the Asur Church. They could then better understand the love of God and enable the remaining Asur to clearly understand the Gospel.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Traditionally, they follow animistic faith. A significant number of Asur, about 4000 of them, have responded to the Gospel and worship Jesus. The lack of God's Word in the Asuri language has diluted their understanding of Christian living. They have absorbed many of their ancestral worship forms into the Church.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  
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People Name General Asur
People Name in Country Asur
Population in India 32,000
World Population 33,200
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 2
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 5  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Bir Asur, असुर
People ID 16257
ROP3 Code 111379
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 7
Largest States
Jharkhand
20,000
Bihar
4,200
West Bengal
3,900
Chhattisgarh
1,300
Odisha
1,000
Assam
800
Tripura
20
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 7
  Jharkhand 20,000
  Bihar 4,200
  West Bengal 3,900
  Chhattisgarh 1,300
  Odisha 1,000
  Assam 800
  Tripura 20
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Asuri (21,000 speakers)
Language Code asr   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 22
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Hindi
6,400
Bhojpuri
1,600
Bengali
1,000
Assamese
600
Kurux
200
Sadri
200
Santhali
100
Maithili
100
Odia
100
Munda
40
Nepali
40
Mundari
20
Sikkimese Ho Punjabi, Eastern
Other People Groups Speaking Asuri
Primary Language Asuri (21,000 speakers)
Language Code asr   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 22
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Hindi 6,400
  Bhojpuri 1,600
  Bengali 1,000
  Assamese 600
  Kurux 200
  Sadri 200
  Santhali 100
  Maithili 100
  Odia 100
  Munda 40
  Nepali 40
  Mundari 20
  Sikkimese 10
  Ho 10
  Punjabi, Eastern 10
People Groups Speaking Asuri

Primary Language:  Asuri

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions No
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.03 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
8.57 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
54.33 %
Islam
0.63 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
36.43 %
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


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