Turi (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan

Main Language
Largest Religion
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 Hindu Turi people have challenging lives. They are viewed as outcasts by the Hindu community. The Turi are a scheduled caste in India, meaning they have low status in Hindu communities. There is no official caste system in Pakistan but the small number of Hindu Turi there are seen as one of the lowest groups in the nation.
The primary language of the Indian Turi people is Hindi. Other Indian Turi speak Bengali and other regional Indian languages. Sindhi is the first language of the Pakistani Turi. Many resources are available in Sindhi including a complete Bible and the JESUS Film.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The traditional occupation of the Hindu Turi was that of making useful things from bamboo. These bamboo items include many types of baskets, mats, hats, and furniture. The bamboo items are now made by factories more efficiently. The demand for their handmade products has declined. As a result, more Turi are now working as landless agricultural laborers. They are frequently abused by the land owners who make them work for low wages in poor living conditions.
Illiteracy is an issue among the Turi especially for women. Over one third of them are unable to read or write. Children often quit school early to help their families make a living. Many Turi lack access to modern medicine, clean water, electricity, and indoor plumbing. Due to these conditions their life expectancy is low and child mortality is high.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Almost all Turi practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Their principal deity is Singbonga or the sun, the great god of the Mundas. The Mundas are the larger group of people from which the Turi originated.
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. The Turi are often denied entrance into Hindu temples due to their low class designation. The Turi offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods at their own shrines. They employ their own priests, as Brahmins will not serve at their important life events.
The main yearly holidays of the Turi people are Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of lights and Navratri, the celebration of autumn.
There are a tiny number of Christian and Buddhist Turi.

What Are Their Needs?

The Turi people have pressing needs. They need help in educating their children. They need help in acquiring electricity, access to clean water and indoor plumbing. They need help in gaining new job skills. Most of all the Turi needs to hear and believe in the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and give them a hope for the future.

Prayer Points

Pray that God sends the Turi to the loving arms of God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ.
Pray for Turi families and communities to discover and embrace the free gift of life found by trusting Christ.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to work powerfully through those Christians ministering to the Turi people.
Pray that the Pakistani Turi parents might be able to provide adequately for their children.

Scripture Prayers for the Turi (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan.



Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Turi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Turi (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation TOO-ree
Alternate Names Ankjo; Barot; Basor; Betra; Bonud; Bunous; Manghi; Sardar; Sarder; Turi Barot; टर
Population this Country 2,000
Population all Countries 445,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 18273
ROP3 Code 113817
ROP25 Code 308372
ROP25 Name Turi
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 7  (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 7  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Sindh 2,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Sindhi (1,200 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Primary Language Sindhi (1,200 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Dhatki 800
  Kacchi 80
People Groups Speaking Sindhi

Primary Language:  Sindhi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1825-1981)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1890-1992)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1954)
FCBH NT (www.bible.is) Online
YouVersion NT (www.bible.com) Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Recorded oral Bible Oral Bibles
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Sindhi Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Hope Video Mars Hill Media
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General Gospel website in this language General / Other
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app: Sindhi YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file Faith Comes by Hearing
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Sindhi YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Sindhi Literacy & Evangelism International
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies World Missionary Press
Photo Source Gerald Roberts 
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. Learn more.

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