Purig-Pa in India


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Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Purig-Pa people are a relatively small people group that reside in the Himalayan hills in Kashmir, India. They are known to have originated from the descendants of Tibetans and Dards during the 10th century.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Purig-Pa are primarily farmers and shepherds. They primarily speak Purgi language. They are known to have a relatively high literary rate for a secluded tribe.


What Are Their Beliefs?

These people are Sunni Muslims who believe that the supreme God, Allah, spoke through his prophet, Mohammed, and taught mankind how to live a righteous life through the Koran and the Hadith. To live a righteous life, you must utter the Shahada (a statement of faith), pray five times a day facing Mecca, fast from sunup to sundown during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and make a pilgrimage to Mecca if you have the means. Muslims are prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, slandering, and making idols. They gather for corporate prayer on Friday afternoons at a mosque, their place of worship. The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah. Sunni religious practices are staid and simple. They believe that Allah has pre-determined our fates; they minimize free will.
In most of the Muslim world, people depend on the spirit world for their daily needs since they regard Allah as too distant. Allah may determine their eternal salvation, but the spirits determine how well we live in our daily lives. For that reason, they must appease the spirits. They often use charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces.


What Are Their Needs?

The Purig-Pa people need a John 10:10 blessing: The abundant life Jesus offers those who are willing to submit to his lordship. The Purig-Pa people need more opportunities to be exposed to the holy Word.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Purig-Pa culture to be renewed and enhanced by a work of the Holy Spirit and shaped into a God-centered and God-honoring mold.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to move among their family and community leaders to seek his face and enjoy his blessings.
Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers who will be compelled to nurture a disciple making movement among the Purig-Pa people.
Pray that soon the Purig-Pa people will have faith that will lead them to live honorable lives that will draw others to the savior.
Pray that the high literacy rate among the people may lead them to the Word and begin to know Christ as the only way to salvation.


Scripture Prayers for the Purig-Pa in India.


References

https://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2018/10/28
https://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2017/08/13
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purigpa


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-08-13
Global Prayer Digest: 2018-10-28
People Name General Purig-Pa
People Name in Country Purig-Pa
Pronunciation Boo-rig pah
Population this Country 46,000
Population all Countries 47,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Burig; Purig Bhotia; पुरिग-पा
People ID 17903
ROP3 Code 113383
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)
Location in Country North Kashmir, Kargil District. Suru Valley is the main population center.   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States on file 2
Largest States
Ladakh
46,000
Jammu and Kashmir
70
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)
Location in Country North Kashmir, Kargil District. Suru Valley is the main population center..   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States 2
  Ladakh 46,000
  Jammu and Kashmir 70
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
2.54 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.09 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.31 %
Islam
97.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.06 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Purig (46,000 speakers)
Language Code prx   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Purig (46,000 speakers)
Language Code prx   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Purig

Primary Language:  Purig

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1938-1940)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1950)
Bible-Complete No
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