Sansi (Muslim traditions) in India


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

Introduction / History

The known history of the Sansi dates to their defeat in the Moghal Wars, which took place between the 1500s and the 1700s. When they lost their lands in these wars, the Sansi began to roam northern India and became known as a wandering community. They were forced to beg for food. To survive, some adopted habits such as stealing and cattle rustling, and became known as criminals during colonial days, which ended in 1947. In 1952 they were released from this stigma, at least on the government record books. Due to ongoing conflicts between the Hindus and Muslims, Pakistan was established as a separate Muslim state in 1947. At the partition, the Sansi, along with other Muslims of the Eastern Punjab region, migrated to Pakistan. Most Muslim Sansis live in Pakistan, but a small number are in India. They are associated with the Bhils, but they speak Eastern Punjabi, a major language spoken by millions of others.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Women have an honorable position in Sansi culture. Adult marriages are the norm, with the bride leaving her family to live with the groom's family until they can set up their own household. For many years the Sansi lived in extended family units. However, the number of nuclear families is now increasing. Some Sansi villages are very small, containing only one or two extended families. The Sansi villages that are located near other Sindh villages usually remain isolated. The Sansi have very little in the way of wealth, and their traditional plaster houses are cramped and dirty. Today, some are building houses that have more rooms so joint family living will not be so congested.


What Are Their Beliefs?

While many of the Sansi who immigrated from India to Pakistan in 1947 quickly became Muslims, others maintained their Hindu traditions, which include folk beliefs, omens and the fear of spirits. Even those who are officially Muslim maintain Hindu-like practices. This is common among the various Muslim communities of South Asia.


What Are Their Needs?

The Sansi desperately need to be given justice and acceptance. Their greatest need is justice—to be treated as valuable people and lifted out of poverty. Only God can bring inner healing to the Sansi and give them the stability and security they have needed for so long.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Sansi (Muslim traditions) in India.

Pray for His kingdom to come and his will to be done among the Sansi people. Pray for a movement of Sansi households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ. Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive the Sansi people to the arms of Jesus. Pray for workers who are filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit to go to the Sansi people.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Sansi (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Sansi (Muslim traditions)
Population this Country 400
Population all Countries 7,100
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bhedkhut; Bhedkut; Kapadia; Kikan; Manesh; Rihluwala; Sansia; Sansiya; सांसी (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 14732
ROP3 Code 108661
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 3
Largest States
Punjab
200
Uttar Pradesh
100
Himachal Pradesh
30
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 3
  Punjab 200
  Uttar Pradesh 100
  Himachal Pradesh 30
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (200 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Urdu
100
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (200 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Urdu 100
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Eastern

Primary Language:  Punjabi, Eastern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1818-1954)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1815-2011)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1818-2019)
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 DAVAR Partners recording, complete Bible
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Recorded oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Eyes of the Heart
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Eastern
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video Satsung of the Sadguru Jesus
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
Film / Video Who Can Help You?
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Gospel resources links
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Punjabi, Eastern
Text / Printed Matter Children and youth resources
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
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. Read more


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