Sikligar (Sikh traditions) in India

Joshua Project has identified the Sikligar (Sikh traditions) only in India
Population
11,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

History can be cruel! There was a time when the Sikligar Sikhs were extremely successful as weapon designers and manufacturers. They are traditionally known as Lohars (ironsmiths or blacksmiths) and once ruled the weapon making industry with their elaborate swords, spears, shields, and arrows. What is known as Damascus steel, used in forming some of the best swords known to man, was manufactured by Indian Lohars and shipped off to other parts of the world.

The advent of contemporary weaponry hit their economy and lifestyle very hard. They spend most of their time roaming about in small groups, selling small handmade wares such as knives, buckets, toys, and betelnut cutters. They are illiterate and do not own land. Today, most Sikligars are very poor and some are dependent on others' aid.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They show their devotion to Sikhism by their dress and social customs. For example, they put their newborn children through a special dedication ceremony with relatives and friends gathered. They are some of the most seriously dedicated Sikhs despite the fact that they are routinely despised and overlooked in the provision of aid that is given to other poor classes. Sikligars are said to be some of the happiest, most positive-minded Sikhs.


Prayer Points

* Pray that the Church will not also overlook the Sikligar Sikhs.
* Pray that their physical, as well as spiritual poverty would be broken.


Prayer Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-10-27
People Name General Sikligar (Sikh traditions)
People Name in Country Sikligar (Sikh traditions)
Population in India 11,000
World Population 11,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached Yes
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Kamgar, Karinagar, Kuchband, Lohar, Panchal, Saiqalgar, Saqqa, Shikalgar, Sigligar Sikh, Sikkligar, Sikliar, Sikligar, Siqligar, Siqligar Sikh, सिकलिगर (सिख ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 18103
ROP3 Code 113606
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
Punjab (6,700) Delhi (2,600) Haryana (1,400)
Telangana (300) Chandigarh (300) Jammu and Kashmir (200)
Andhra Pradesh (20)
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
Punjab (6,700) Delhi (2,600)
Haryana (1,400) Telangana (300)
Chandigarh (300) Jammu and Kashmir (200)
Andhra Pradesh (20)

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Primary Language: Punjabi, Eastern (8,700 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: pan   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 5
Secondary Languages:
Hindi (1,800) Bagri (300) Dogri (200)
Marwari (40)
Primary Language: Punjabi, Eastern (8,700 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: pan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 5
Secondary Languages:
Hindi (1,800) Bagri (300)
Dogri (200) Marwari (40)
Primary Language: Punjabi, Eastern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1818-1954)
New Testament Yes   (1815-2011)
Complete Bible Yes   (1959-2002)
Audio Bible Online
 
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Eyes of the Heart (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Panjabi, Eastern
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Sikh Contextual Gathering (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Sikh Punjabi Music Video (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Other / Small

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
100.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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