Asur in India


Population
26,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

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 26,000
World Population 27,200
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached No
Progress Scale 2
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Bir Asur, असुर
People ID 16257
ROP3 Code 111379
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 7
Largest States
Jharkhand (15,000) West Bengal (7,400) Chhattisgarh (1,300)
Odisha (1,100) Assam (900) Bihar (300)
Tripura (30)
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 7
Jharkhand (15,000) West Bengal (7,400)
Chhattisgarh (1,300) Odisha (1,100)
Assam (900) Bihar (300)
Tripura (30)

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Primary Language: Asuri (18,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: asr   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Unknown
Total Languages: 20
Secondary Languages:
Hindi (2,300) Bengali (1,200) Assamese (700)
Kurux (300) Santhali (200) Munda (200)
Odia (100) Mundari (100) Nepali (70)
Ho (30) Punjabi, Eastern (20) Telugu (20)
Sikkimese (10) Garo Korwa
Urdu Sherpa Tibetan, Central
Konkani
Primary Language: Asuri (18,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: asr   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 20
Secondary Languages:
Hindi (2,300) Bengali (1,200)
Assamese (700) Kurux (300)
Santhali (200) Munda (200)
Odia (100) Mundari (100)
Nepali (70) Ho (30)
Punjabi, Eastern (20) Telugu (20)
Sikkimese (10) Garo (10)
Korwa (10) Urdu (10)
Sherpa (10) Tibetan, Central (0)
Konkani (0)
Primary Language: Asuri

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.45 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
10.59 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
54.67 %
Islam
0.09 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
34.22 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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