Sonar (Hindu traditions) in Nepal


Population
63,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

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 63,000
World Population 7,982,200
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
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
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file: 14
Largest States
Narayani (24,000) Janakpur (24,000) Sagarmatha (5,200)
Kosi (3,600) Lumbini (1,600) Gandaki (1,100)
Bheri (1,000) Mechi (1,000) Bagmati (800)
Mahakali (400) Seti (300) Rapti (200)
Karnali (100) Dhaulagiri (40)
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file: 14
Narayani (24,000) Janakpur (24,000)
Sagarmatha (5,200) Kosi (3,600)
Lumbini (1,600) Gandaki (1,100)
Bheri (1,000) Mechi (1,000)
Bagmati (800) Mahakali (400)
Seti (300) Rapti (200)
Karnali (100) Dhaulagiri (40)
Primary Language: Maithili (41,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: mai   Ethnologue Listing
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) Rajbanshi (30) Bengali (30)
Primary Language: Maithili (41,000 speakers)   People group listing
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)
Rajbanshi (30) Bengali (30)
Primary Language: Maithili

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes
New Testament Yes   (2010)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
 
Possible Print Bibles
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World Bible Finder
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 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
0.28 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.26 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.41 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.05 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source: Steve Evans   Creative Commons  
Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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