Sunri (Hindu traditions) in Nepal


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

Introduction / History

During the British colonial period the Sunri would buy licenses from the government to make and sell alcohol in a particular district. The Sunris have low status among Hindus.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most Sunris earn their living through farming, trade, fishing and being household service workers. They sometimes get taken advantage of because they lack power. 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. They have made progress in the field of education. Caste councils settle their 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?

All Sunri subgroups are tightly connected to their Hindu beliefs, and there are apparently only a few believers among them. Living in a predominantly Muslim country, the Hindu Sunris in Nepal have learned to stay close to their community, and not allow outsiders to influence their spiritual lives.


What Are Their Needs?

The Sunri people need to submit to Jesus Christ so they can experience the abundant life he offers them in John 10:10.


Prayer Points

Pray that the few followers of Christ in the Sunri community of Nepal will shine the light of Jesus in a land where spiritual darkness reigns. Pray for leaders of Sunri families and clans to accept the blessings and responsibility of following Christ, and to encourage others to do the same. Pray that they will be willing to be discipled in his ways so that their entire community is transformed into the likeness of Christ.


Scripture Prayers for the Sunri (Hindu traditions) in Nepal.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Sunri (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Sunri (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation soon-REE
Population this Country 107,000
Population all Countries 1,106,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Behara Sunri; Dhaneshwar Vaisya; Raik Souri; Sadhubanaik; Sadhubanik; Saha; Sahu; Saundhik; Saundika; Sethia; Shaha; Shahi; Sondhia; Sondi; Sondia; Suba; Sudhi; Suha; Sundhi; Sundi; Sundika; Sunri; Suri; सुंरी (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 18190
ROP3 Code 113705
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Jhapa District of Mechi Zone, Morang and Sunsari districts of Koshi Zone, and Saptari District of Sagarmatha Zone.   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States on file 12
Largest States
Janakpur
64,000
Sagarmatha
23,000
Kosi
9,000
Narayani
4,200
Bagmati
2,100
Mechi
1,400
Mahakali
1,100
Lumbini
700
Seti
200
Gandaki
90
Bheri
40
Dhaulagiri
20
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Jhapa District of Mechi Zone, Morang and Sunsari districts of Koshi Zone, and Saptari District of Sagarmatha Zone..   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States 12
  Janakpur 64,000
  Sagarmatha 23,000
  Kosi 9,000
  Narayani 4,200
  Bagmati 2,100
  Mechi 1,400
  Mahakali 1,100
  Lumbini 700
  Seti 200
  Gandaki 90
  Bheri 40
  Dhaulagiri 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Maithili (85,000 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
Nepali
5,500
Bengali
900
Magahi
900
Angika
600
Rangpuri
200
Assamese
80
Bhojpuri
20
Bantawa
20
Dotyali
10
Primary Language Maithili (85,000 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
  Nepali 5,500
  Bengali 900
  Magahi 900
  Angika 600
  Rangpuri 200
  Assamese 80
  Bhojpuri 20
  Bantawa 20
  Dotyali 10
People Groups Speaking Maithili
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.44 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.44 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
98.26 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.04 %
Unknown
0.81 %
* From latest Nepal census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Hasan2787 - Pixabay 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more