Sunuwar in Nepal


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Introduction / History

The Sunuwar or Sunwar are Hindus who live in Nepal and India. They speak Sunuwar or Nepali. They live in the eastern hills of Nepal.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of the Sunuwar work in agriculture, mainly crop growing and with cattle. The educated among them often go abroad due to limited opportunities in Nepal. A few of them work in government service. The Sunuwar have their own cultures and have many festivals. They wear traditional costumes. Some are in the military.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Sunuwar people are Hindus. Hindus are highly unlikely to accept the idea that there is only one way to God or one savior whom we all need to embrace. However, there are some Christians among them both in Indid and Nepal.


What Are Their Needs?

The Sunuwar people need adequate and localized medical care.


Prayer Points

Pray that God will give the Sunuwar dreams and visions leading them to Jesus Christ.
Pray for a spiritual hunger that will open their hearts to the King of kings.
Pray for Sunuwar disciples who will make more disciples.
Pray that Nepali Christians will help Sunuwar families to the only savior.


Scripture Prayers for the Sunuwar in Nepal.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Sunuwar
People Name in Country Sunuwar
Alternate Names Sunwar; Sunwari; सुनुवार
Population this Country 66,000
Population all Countries 168,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 18152
ROP3 Code 109614
ROP25 Code 307756
ROP25 Name Sunwar / Sunuwar
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Ramechhap District of Janakpur Zone. Okhaldhunga District of Sagarmatha Zone.   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States on file 14
Largest States
Janakpur
25,000
Sagarmatha
13,000
Mechi
11,000
Bagmati
6,800
Kosi
4,400
Narayani
2,400
Lumbini
1,200
Gandaki
700
Seti
600
Rapti
300
Bheri
90
Mahakali
80
Dhaulagiri
40
Karnali
30
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Ramechhap District of Janakpur Zone. Okhaldhunga District of Sagarmatha Zone..   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States 14
  Janakpur 25,000
  Sagarmatha 13,000
  Mechi 11,000
  Bagmati 6,800
  Kosi 4,400
  Narayani 2,400
  Lumbini 1,200
  Gandaki 700
  Seti 600
  Rapti 300
  Bheri 90
  Mahakali 80
  Dhaulagiri 40
  Karnali 30
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
3.07 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
2.60 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
90.50 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
3.66 %
Unknown
0.17 %
* From latest Nepal census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Sunwar (38,000 speakers)
Language Code suz   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
Nepali
16,000
Maithili
1,100
Bantawa
600
Dotyali
400
Chamling
200
Bhojpuri
100
Rangpuri
90
Raute
40
Bengali
20
Primary Language Sunwar (38,000 speakers)
Language Code suz   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
  Nepali 16,000
  Maithili 1,100
  Bantawa 600
  Dotyali 400
  Chamling 200
  Bhojpuri 100
  Rangpuri 90
  Raute 40
  Bengali 20
People Groups Speaking Sunwar
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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