Sonar (Hindu traditions) in Nepal


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Introduction

The name of the community is derived from the word sona meaning gold, and the people who work with gold are called Sunar or Sonar. Traditionally they are goldsmiths, but with the availability of better educational facilities the Sonar have become inclined towards education. They claim their social status next to that of the Brahmin. Divorce and remarriage are allowed.


Ministry Obstacles

A Sonar follower of Christ may lose his place in society, and be ostracized. This is especially an issue for high caste individuals.


Outreach Ideas

Sustained and focused prayer is needed, as well as workers who can relate to high caste groups.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are few if any Christian believers among the Sonar, but pray for the ones that will soon be a part of this community. Pray they be well instructed in the faith, and will grow in maturity and in numbers. Pray they live holy lives.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for the Sonar community to be humble enough to acknowledge their need for forgiveness of sin, and that they understand the provision for forgiveness that God has provided.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Sonar (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Sonar (Hindu traditions)
Population in Nepal 64,000
World Population 7,817,700
Total Countries 5
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Agsali, Aksali, Ashraf, Ausala, Chaudhari, Gorkha, Hemkar, Jangar, Jargar, Kamsala, Kapila, Karai, Khakhar, Khatri, Konkar, Korai, Maipotra, Mair, Nepali, Niaria, Patni, Pattar, Potdar, Sanur, Saraf, Sarat, Sawrnakar, Sharif, Sheriff, Soanri Bania, Sonagara, Sonar, Sonari Bania, Soni, Soni Hahajan, Sonkar, Sonnari, Sunar, Suni, Sunia, Suniar, Suniyara, Sunnari, Suvarnakar, Suvarnkar, Swarankar, Swarnakar, Tank, Verma, Zagar, Zargar, सोनार (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 18150
ROP3 Code 113659
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 25  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 14
Largest States
Narayani
24,000
Janakpur
24,000
Sagarmatha
5,300
Kosi
3,600
Lumbini
1,600
Gandaki
1,200
Bheri
1,000
Mechi
1,000
Bagmati
800
Mahakali
400
Seti
300
Rapti
200
Karnali
100
Dhaulagiri
40
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 25  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 14
  Narayani 24,000
  Janakpur 24,000
  Sagarmatha 5,300
  Kosi 3,600
  Lumbini 1,600
  Gandaki 1,200
  Bheri 1,000
  Mechi 1,000
  Bagmati 800
  Mahakali 400
  Seti 300
  Rapti 200
  Karnali 100
  Dhaulagiri 40
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Maithili (41,000 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri
17,000
Hindi
2,000
Nepali
1,800
Awadhi
1,700
Marwari
1,000
Magahi
300
Angika
200
Kumaoni
200
Dotyali
100
Bantawa
40
Rangpuri
30
Bengali
30
Other People Groups Speaking Maithili
Primary Language Maithili (41,000 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri 17,000
  Hindi 2,000
  Nepali 1,800
  Awadhi 1,700
  Marwari 1,000
  Magahi 300
  Angika 200
  Kumaoni 200
  Dotyali 100
  Bantawa 40
  Rangpuri 30
  Bengali 30
People Groups Speaking Maithili

Primary Language:  Maithili

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2010)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Maithili
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Good News (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Maithili
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible: jivən səndesh
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.12 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.12 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.75 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Steve Evans  Creative Commons 
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest Nepal census data.  Current values may differ.


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