Sunri Sadhubanik in Bangladesh


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Introduction / History

The Sunri are a people who live in India and Bangladesh. The traditional occupation of the Sunri is that of distilling and selling alcohol. During the British colonial period the Sunri would buy licenses from the government to make and sell alcohol in a particular district. In Bangladesh where Muslims make up the majority of the population, the selling and consumption of alcohol is discouraged. Many of the Sunri have become merchants, traders and government workers.

The primary language of the Sunri is Bengali.


Where Are they Located?

This community lives in both India and Bangladesh, with approximately equal populations in each country.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Sunri marry within their caste although not in their clan. Families arrange marriages with the consent of the young people. The newly married couple live near or with the groom’s family. Monogamy, marriage to one spouse, is their general practice. Sons inherit the property of their father with the eldest son gaining the family home and the responsibility of caring for his younger siblings and mother. The Sunri encourage their children to pursue higher education. Caste councils settle legal disputes and promote their interests.

The main foods of the Sunri are rice, vegetables, fruit, grains, and dairy products. They do not eat beef or pork but will consume fish, mutton and fowl.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Sunri practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of the Indian subcontinent. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Shiva, the destroyer god and Vishnu’s wife Lakshmi are given special reverence by the Sunri people. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Sunri visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

The main yearly holidays of Hindu peoples like the Sunri include Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the celebration of autumn and Rama Navami, Rama’s birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

The Sunri need to hear the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ in a way they can understand. They need help learning new job skills. The Sunri need to see the love and mercy of Christ lived out before them in practical ways.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Sunri Sadhubanik in Bangladesh.

* Pray for a movement of Sunri households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ.
* Pray for the Sunri people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.
* Pray for teams of believers to do sustained, focused prayer for the Lord to open the hearts of Sunri family leaders to experience God’s blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.
* Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Sunri communities.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/21257/BG
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/21257/IN
http://sundicaste.com/history/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Sunri Sadhubanik
People Name in Country Sunri Sadhubanik
World Population 572,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 6
Alternate Names सुंरी साधुबनिक
People ID 21257
ROP3 Code 118080
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 38  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 5
Largest States
Chittagong
101,000
Dhaka
75,000
Rajshahi
73,000
Khulna
37,000
Rangpur
13,000
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 38  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 5
  Chittagong 101,000
  Dhaka 75,000
  Rajshahi 73,000
  Khulna 37,000
  Rangpur 13,000
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Bengali (252,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Chittagonian
16,000
Sylheti
1,100
Kok Borok
700
Bishnupuriya
600
Primary Language Bengali (252,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Chittagonian 16,000
  Sylheti 1,100
  Kok Borok 700
  Bishnupuriya 600
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  (1832-2016)
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 - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
General Bible Visuals
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 %
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest Bangladesh census data.  Current values may differ.