Sangar in Pakistan

Sangar
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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Sangar
Country: Pakistan
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 1,900
World Population: 42,900
Primary Language: Sindhi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
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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.

Text Source:   Joshua Project