Photo Source: Victor Sardar
Map Source: People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.
|People Name:||Sansi (Hindu traditions)|
|Christian Adherents:||0.05 %|
|Online Audio NT:||No|
|People Cluster:||South Asia Dalit - other|
|Affinity Bloc:||South Asian Peoples|
The Sansis were under the Criminal Tribes Act during the British rule of India, and it was a source of disgrace for their community. That stigma is with them today making life difficult for them. They are sometimes shunned by other communities, giving them a reason to withdraw from outsiders. Many were ejected from Rajasthan by Muslims in the 13th century, but they are still concentrated there. They also live in the highly unreached states of Haryana, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, and Chandigarh.
Some of the Sansi are landless farmers and day laborers while others sell alcoholic drinks. Some of their children work in shops. A small number are nomadic. Unfortunately, most of the Sansi live in poverty. They have a low literacy level, so the gospel will need to be presented in oral form. They are secluded from other communities partly because they are rejected as "criminals," and partly as a way of defending themselves from outsider. They have a caste council to look after their needs and to settle disputes among them.
Although some have converted to Islam, most continue to follow Hinduism. They also hold onto their tribal religion.
The Sansi people need better educational opportunities so they can lift themselves out of poverty.
Pray that Indian followers of Christ will help lead the Sansi into a disciple making movement. Pray that the poverty they live in will cause them to look to Jesus Christ for answers. Pray for faithful, Holy Spirit directed workers.