Puroik in India


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* 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 neighboring community of the Puroik, the Bangnis, gave them the name "Sulung", which means "slave." The ancient belief is that the forefathers of the present day Puroik borrowed money from the Bangnis and failed to repay it. As compensation, the Puroik were forced to work for the Bangnis. This practice gradually took the shape of a social institution, in which the Bangnis assumed the role of masters while the Puroik became their slaves. The Puroik largely depend on their masters for survival. Even now, when a Puroik man cannot afford the high bride-price to get a wife for himself, he borrows money from his master. As a result, the newly married wife and their future children also become his slaves.
The Puroik live in villages along the Par River of Arunachal Pradesh in Northeast India. The region is hilly and is situated at a high altitude. The area is characterized by forest cover, low humidity, and lots of rain or snow. Most Puroik farm small pieces of land they own and collect forest produce, barely making a living. Most Puroik settlements are in mountainous regions that are often affected by flash floods due to heavy rains, being in the catchment areas of the Kameng River. In addition, these settlements do not have amenities such as an electricity supply, roads, or postal facilities.
Almost all Puroik people live in India’s far north and a small number are in China.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Puroik are easy to identify. Their hair is usually tied in a bun on their head, and they always carry a long chopping knife with them. Their men wear a cloth across their chest, passing below the arm and reaching the thigh. Women usually wear a knee-length skirt with green or blue borders.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most of the Puroik are animistic in faith, but they have a sizable Christian minority.


What Are Their Needs?

The Puroik people need the chance to understand that their worth is tied up with the God who created them for his purpose. They need to look to the cross!


Prayer Points

Pray that the sheer wonder of knowing Jesus and the impact he has on their lives and the joy he brings spur believers to share Christ with the Puroik people.
Pray the hearts of the Puroik people would be stirred by a sovereign work of the Holy Spirit readying them for the time when they hear the gospel message being shared with them.
Pray they will experience dreams and visions of Jesus leading them into a saving relationship with Him.
Pray for Puroik disciples to make more disciples.


Scripture Prayers for the Puroik in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Puroik
People Name in Country Puroik
Pronunciation Pooh-royk
Alternate Names Pariok; Suling; Sulong; Sulung; पुर्इक
Population this Country 5,300
Population all Countries 5,800
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 2
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 18186
ROP3 Code 113699
ROP25 Code 307737
ROP25 Name Puroik
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)
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)
Total States 1
  Arunachal Pradesh 5,200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Unknown
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.05 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
45.18 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
5.74 %
Islam
0.23 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
48.82 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Puroik (4,100 speakers)
Language Code suv   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
Nyishi
200
Assamese
40
Hindi
20
Adi Digaro-Mishmi English
Nepali Punjabi, Eastern
Primary Language Puroik (4,100 speakers)
Language Code suv   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
  Nyishi 200
  Assamese 40
  Hindi 20
  Adi 10
  Digaro-Mishmi 10
  English 0
  Nepali 0
  Punjabi, Eastern 0
People Groups Speaking Puroik

Primary Language:  Puroik

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
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Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
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