Sukli in India

The Sukli have only been reported in India
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* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Introduction / History

The Sulki are a sub-group of the larger Tanti people. The Tanti have been expert weaver for centuries. Up until the time of the industrial revolution, one could find a loom in every Tanti home. The Tanti still weave custom, handmade linen clothes but most now work in factories or as cloth merchants.
The primary language of the Sulki is Bengali. Educated Sulki also speak Hindi and English. Many resources are available in Bengali including a complete Bible, the JESUS Film and radio programs. Most Sulki Tanti live in the northeast Indian state of west Bengal.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Sulki have a varied lifestyle. Many urban Sulki are college educated and own and manage clothing factories and stores. Rural Sulki tend to have less education and work in agriculture or animal husbandry. Some own their land. Other work as tenant farmers. Many young Sulki are moving to the cities in search of better educational and economic opportunities.
As Hindus, some Sulki are vegetarians while others eat meat, fish, dairy and eggs. The Sulki marry one spouse often within their own community. Urban Sulki encourage their children to graduate from college.


What Are Their Beliefs?

There are few if any believers among the Hindu Sulki. They practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods as Christians do. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.
Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

The Sukli need to understand that Jesus Christ is much more than another Hindu god or avatar. They need to know that there is only one, true God-Creator who is offended by their sin. The Sulki will need to see the love of Christ demonstrated in their lives by Spirit-filled Indian believers.
Rural Sulki would benefit by learning new job skills and by gaining access to modern medicine.


Prayer Points

Ask the Lord to send workers to the Sulki who will love them and introduce them to Christ.
Pray the Lord would lead Sulki to listen to Bengali radio programs and read the Bengali Bible.
Pray that Indian Christians would build relationships with the Sulki and give them the good news.
Pray the Lord raises up a disciple making movement among the Sulki of India in the next decade.


Scripture Prayers for the Sukli in India.


References

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sukli


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Sukli
People Name in Country Sukli
Alternate Names Sukli Tanti; सूकली
Population this Country 81,000
Population all Countries 81,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
People ID 18184
ROP3 Code 113697
ROP25 Code 307727
ROP25 Name Sukli
Country India
Region Asia, South
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 4
Largest States
West Bengal
79,000
Odisha
1,300
Andaman and Nicobar
200
Tripura
80
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 4
  West Bengal 79,000
  Odisha 1,300
  Andaman and Nicobar 200
  Tripura 80
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Bengali (67,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Odia
900
Hindi
200
Primary Language Bengali (67,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Odia 900
  Hindi 200
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1809-2022)
FCBH NT (www.bible.is) Online
YouVersion NT (www.bible.com) Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture Talking Bibles
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Love Story General / Other
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rivka video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rock International: King of Glory Rock International
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.



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