Sunri (Hindu traditions) in Nepal


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Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

Randhar was angry. He had worked hard to raise enough money to buy a small piece of land, and then he was denied. He complained to a government clerk, "I was refused the right to buy the land. They sold it to Bandhu because he is a Shaha Banik and I'm a Dalit Sunri. I'm tired of this! They receive all the privileges just because they claimed years ago to be linked to the forward castes. They are no better than the rest of us Sunris."


What Are Their Lives Like?

Though the Sunris have several subgroups, one of their branches is called Shaha Banik. In 1931 the British-India government officially declared they were higher in the caste system then other Sunris. Even today this still allows them to receive more social benefits which causes resentment among other Sunri subgroups.

The total Sunri population is over 800,000, and they reside primarily in the states of West Bengal and Bihar. Most earn their living through farming, trade, fishing, and being household service workers. They have made good progress in the field of education. All Sunri subgroups are tightly connected to their Hindu beliefs, and there are apparently only a few believers among them.


Prayer Points

* Pray that Christian Dalits and other believers will lead each Sunri subgroup into knowing God as their Lord and Savior.
* Pray that many will come to know that in God's eyes they are equal among all men, and He loves them all the same.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

People Name General Sunri (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Sunri (Hindu traditions)
World Population 1,660,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Behara Sunri, Dhaneshwar Vaisya, Raik Souri, Sadhubanaik, Sadhubanik, Saha, Sahu, Saundhik, Saundika, Sethia, Shaha, Shahi, Sondhia, Sondi, Sondia, Suba, Sudhi, Suha, Sundhi, Sundi, Sundika, Sunri, Suri, सुंरी (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 18190
ROP3 Code 113705
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)
Location in Country Jhapa District of Mechi Zone, Morang and Sunsari districts of Koshi Zone, and Saptari District of Sagarmatha Zone.   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States on file 12
Largest States
Janakpur
55,000
Sagarmatha
20,000
Kosi
7,700
Narayani
3,600
Bagmati
1,800
Mechi
1,200
Mahakali
1,000
Lumbini
600
Seti
100
Gandaki
80
Bheri
40
Dhaulagiri
10
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)
Location in Country Jhapa District of Mechi Zone, Morang and Sunsari districts of Koshi Zone, and Saptari District of Sagarmatha Zone..   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States 12
  Janakpur 55,000
  Sagarmatha 20,000
  Kosi 7,700
  Narayani 3,600
  Bagmati 1,800
  Mechi 1,200
  Mahakali 1,000
  Lumbini 600
  Seti 100
  Gandaki 80
  Bheri 40
  Dhaulagiri 10
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Maithili (85,000 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
Nepali
5,500
Bengali
900
Magahi
900
Angika
600
Rangpuri
200
Assamese
80
Bhojpuri
20
Bantawa
20
Dotyali
10
Primary Language Maithili (85,000 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
  Nepali 5,500
  Bengali 900
  Magahi 900
  Angika 600
  Rangpuri 200
  Assamese 80
  Bhojpuri 20
  Bantawa 20
  Dotyali 10
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
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
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 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
0.44 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.44 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
98.26 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.04 %
Unknown
0.81 %
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Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
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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