Sangar in Pakistan


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

Introduction / History

Sangar people were once nomadic herdsmen taking care of goats, sheep, horses, and cattle. Eventually, most agreed with their leaders to settle down and live in one place. Agriculture became then primary way of making a living.
The main language of the Pakistani Sangar is Sindhi. There are many resources in Sindhi including a complete Bible and the JESUS Film. There are few if any believers among the Sangar of Pakistan.
Most Hindu Sangar people live on the west coast of India in the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Karnataka. A smaller number resides in Pakistan. At the Partition of India in 1947 many Hindus left Pakistan and moved to India while many Muslims fled India and relocated to Pakistan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most Sangar people are farmers. They grow rice, wheat, lentils, palm trees, and vegetables. Some raise animals for their meat, milk and hides. As Hindus Sangar do not eat beef. They also do not eat pork in deference to their Muslim neighbors. Some Sangar are part of the Pakistani military and law enforcement services. Some Sangar young people are leaving their villages and moving to cities looking for a better life for their children. Many Sangar women and girls are unable to read and write.
The Sangar marry within their group. Marriage to one spouse is the norm. They tend to have large families. Unfortunately, many children do not live to adulthood due to the lack of access to modern medicine. Families and young people arrange marriages. Sons inherit their father’s property. Village elders make judicial decisions and deal with outsiders.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Sangar people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. 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. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.
The main yearly holidays of the Sangar people include Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

Although audio, visual and written Bible resources are available in Sindhi, their spoken language, the Sangar of Pakistan remain unreached with the truth of the gospel. Their greatest need is to understand the love of God for them and his payment of the penalty for their sins through Jesus Christ. They would also benefit from modern medicine and new job skills.


Prayer Points

Pray for a disciple making movement among the Sangars of Pakistan to flourish.
Pray for Sangar elders to understand and embrace Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Sangar people to change their society from within.
Ask the Lord to send workers to the Pakistani Sangar.


Scripture Prayers for the Sangar in Pakistan.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanghar_caste
http://www.ijph.in/article.asp?issn=0019-557X;year=2019;volume=63;issue=2;spage=151;epage=153;aulast=Sangar;type=0


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Sangar
People Name in Country Sangar
Population this Country 1,900
Population all Countries 43,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Brahma Kshatriya; Sanahadia; Sanghar; Sangharia; Sangiasi; संगर (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 18014
ROP3 Code 113508
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Sindh 1,900
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Sindhi (1,100 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Dhatki
700
Kacchi
100
Primary Language Sindhi (1,100 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Dhatki 700
  Kacchi 100
People Groups Speaking Sindhi
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 %
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more