Sunri (Hindu traditions) in Nepal


Population
91,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

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)
Population in Nepal 91,000
World Population 1,693,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2 to 3
Progress Scale 1
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
Persecution Rank Not ranked
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
Persecution Rank Not ranked
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)
Rajbanshi
(200)
Assamese
(80)
Bhojpuri
(20)
Bantawa
(20)
Dotyali
(10)
People Groups Speaking Maithili
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)
  Rajbanshi (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
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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
Unknown
Other / Small
0.04 %
Unknown
0.81 %
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Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From Nepal census data.  Current values may differ.


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