Sunri Sadhubanik in Bangladesh


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

Introduction / History

The Sunri are a people who live in India and Bangladesh. The traditional occupation of the Sunri is that of distilling and selling alcohol. During the British colonial period the Sunri would buy licenses from the government to make and sell alcohol in a particular district. In Bangladesh where Muslims make up the majority of the population, the selling and consumption of alcohol is discouraged. Many of the Sunri have become merchants, traders and government workers.

The primary language of the Sunri is Bengali.


Where Are they Located?

This community lives in both India and Bangladesh, with approximately equal populations in each country.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Sunri marry within their caste although not in their clan. Families arrange marriages with the consent of the young people. The newly married couple live near or with the groom's family. Monogamy, marriage to one spouse, is their general practice. Sons inherit the property of their father with the eldest son gaining the family home and the responsibility of caring for his younger siblings and mother. The Sunri encourage their children to pursue higher education. Caste councils settle legal disputes and promote their interests.

The main foods of the Sunri are rice, vegetables, fruit, grains, and dairy products. They do not eat beef or pork but will consume fish, mutton and fowl.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Sunri practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of the Indian subcontinent. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Shiva, the destroyer god and Vishnu's wife Lakshmi are given special reverence by the Sunri people. 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 Sunri visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

The main yearly holidays of Hindu peoples like the Sunri include Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the celebration of autumn and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

The Sunri need to hear the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ in a way they can understand. They need help learning new job skills. The Sunri need to see the love and mercy of Christ lived out before them in practical ways.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Sunri Sadhubanik in Bangladesh.

Pray for a movement of Sunri households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ.
Pray for the Sunri people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.
Pray for teams of believers to do sustained, focused prayer for the Lord to open the hearts of Sunri family leaders to experience God's blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.
Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Sunri communities.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/21257/BG
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/21257/IN
http://sundicaste.com/history/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Sunri Sadhubanik
People Name in Country Sunri Sadhubanik
Pronunciation SOON-ree SAH-doo-bah-NEEK
Population this Country 243,000
Population all Countries 563,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 5
Alternate Names सुंरी साधुबनिक
People ID 21257
ROP3 Code 118080
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 29  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 5
Largest States
Dhaka
78,000
Chittagong
70,000
Rajshahi
40,000
Khulna
40,000
Rangpur
14,000
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 29  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 5
  Dhaka 78,000
  Chittagong 70,000
  Rajshahi 40,000
  Khulna 40,000
  Rangpur 14,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (229,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Chittagonian
21,000
Sylheti
1,800
Kok Borok
900
Bishnupuriya
700
Primary Language Bengali (229,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Chittagonian 21,000
  Sylheti 1,800
  Kok Borok 900
  Bishnupuriya 700
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1809-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Rivka video
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
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 Bangladesh census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Adam Jones - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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