The name of this community is derived from the word sona meaning gold, and the people who work with gold are called Sunar or Sonar. Traditionally they are goldsmiths, but with the availability of better educational facilities the Sonar have become inclined toward education. Sonar goldsmiths hold an essential role in traditional Hindu weddings in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Dowries are given in the form of gold jewelry, and the bride literally wears her worldly possessions as products made by the Sonars. Even if a Sonar is not present at a wedding, their presence is felt by everyone who sees the bride decked out in his beautiful golden artwork.
There are Sonar communities in most South Asian countries, including Pakistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, though they are concentrated in India.
Though the Sonar community is associated with goldsmithing, they deal with other aspects of the jewelry business as well, no matter what South Asian country they reside. Some are diamond cutters while others design beautiful jewelry or idols. As you would imagine, they are a wealthy community. Some are money lenders. The less fortunate among them sell books or stationery or auto parts.
The Sonars are Hindus who worship whichever god they believe will bring them good luck and prosperity. Some are probably more philosophical in their spiritual lives.
Like the church in Laodicea mentioned in Rev 3:14-22, the Sonar community needs to understand the importance of spiritual riches that only come from a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Pray for families of Sonar believers loving and serving others to grow reproducing churches. Pray for a chain reaction of Sonar families reaching families that results in thousands of new believers who share their faith with others. Pray for grace and truth expanding into the entire Sonar society as all believers learn to love others. Pray that churches and believers will bless their entire people group in such a way that God's love will change the Sonar people like yeast changes dough.
Scripture Prayers for the Sonar (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Sonar (Hindu traditions)|
|People Name in Country||Sonar (Hindu traditions)|
|Population this Country||37,000|
|Population all Countries||8,389,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Agsali; Aksali; Ashraf; Ausala; Chaudhari; Gorkha; Hemkar; Jangar; Jargar; Kamsala; Kapila; Karai; Khakhar; Khatri; Konkar; Korai; Maipotra; Mair; Nepali; Niaria; Patni; Pattar; Potdar; Sanur; Saraf; Sarat; Sawrnakar; Sharif; Sheriff; Soanri Bania; Sonagara; Sonar; Sonari Bania; Soni; Soni Hahajan; Sonkar; Sonnari; Sunar; Suni; Sunia; Suniar; Suniyara; Sunnari; Suvarnakar; Suvarnkar; Swarankar; Swarnakar; Tank; Verma; Zagar; Zargar; सोनार (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)|
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|Persecution Rank||7 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||4|
|Primary Language||Sindhi (26,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||snd Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Sindhi
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