South Asian in Philippines


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Introduction / History

There has been a South Asian diaspora in various parts of the world including the Philippines. Most of these are Punjabi speaking Sikhs, or Hindus who speak a variety of languages: Tamil, Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, etc. There are a large number of people who speak Sindhi in the Philippines. Muslims usually speak either Urdu or Bengali. There are some segments of the South Asian diaspora that don’t fit into any neat language category. Those we simply call, "South Asians" or "Indo-Pakistanis" since we are referring to people from either India or Pakistan. Sometimes Bangladeshis and Nepalis are lumped in as well since those countries are also in South Asia. Some Indians in the Philippines have ancestors who were merchants and settled in the Philippines as early as the 9th or 10th centuries. There were also British hired Indian troops called sepoys who were stationed in the Philippines and refused to leave when ordered to do so by the British. They married local Filipino women and settled in that island nation. Indian businessmen began to arrive in the Philippines during the US colonial era, and especially after the Indian partition in 1947. These South Asians have deep roots in the Philippines. The South Asians in the Philippines tend to live in Metro Manila.


What Are Their Lives Like?

In today’s world, well-educated South Asians travel the world for high-paying jobs. For decades India has produced highly trained techies for jobs that often don’t exist in their country. South Asians with these skills take jobs in other parts of the world. There are South Asians who hold desirable positions in banks or work as civil servants. There are also South Asian families who own grocery stores and restaurants. Others have more modest jobs working as cab drivers or farm workers. Though there are special events for South Asians based on their language, they commonly come together as a group, even those who are "generic" South Asians. These gatherings might be cultural or religious. Hinduism is an important part of their culture, and it gives South Asians an identity. South Asians in diaspora often accept one another regardless of religious affiliation. They are not likely, however, to marry across religious or caste lines.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Hindus are polytheistic, which means that they worship many gods and goddesses. The most important gods worshipped are Brahman, the creator of the universe; Vishnu, its preserver; and Shiva, its destroyer. Another important Hindu deity is Shiva's wife, who has several names. She is best known as Durga, Kali, Parvati, or Uma. As Parvati or Uma, she is the beloved goddess of motherhood. As Durga or Kali, she is the feared goddess of destruction. Hindus in business are fond of Ganesh, the god whom they believe helps them overcome obstacles. According to Hindu doctrine, animals as well as humans have souls. Hindus believe that souls live innumerable lives in different bodies, being born again, or reincarnated, after death as animals or humans. They believe that if a person lives a good life, his soul will be born into a higher state. Whereas, if he leads an evil life, his soul will be born into a lower state. The cycle supposedly continues until the soul achieves spiritual perfection and enters a higher state of existence. Most Hindus in diaspora treat their religion as a means to preserve their culture in a foreign environment. They also look to their gods to help them with their needs in the same way they would in South Asia. Almost half of the South Asians in the Philippines are Muslim. Muslims believe that there is only one god, Allah. Theirs is a religion of works based on five basic "pillars. " Muslims must affirm that "there is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is his prophet. " They are also required to pray five times a day, give alms to the poor, fast during the month of Ramadan, and try to make at least one pilgrimage to Mecca. These South Asian Muslims blend in with the local population at the mosques.


What Are Their Needs?

South Asians, be they Hindu, Muslim, or Sikh, need to hear that Jesus Christ came to save sinful mankind. The message that we have offended the one true and living God is not a popular message. If Christ followers were willing to befriend South Asians, they could earn a hearing. It would take time and much prayer. Unfortunately, very few believers are willing to do this to reach these unreached people who are often living in a place where there is freedom of religion.


Prayer Points

Pray for workers, filled with the fruit of the Holy Spirit, to go to the South Asians in the Philippines. Pray for South Asians in the Philippines to have the spiritual hunger to seek and find Jesus Christ. Pray for South Asians in the Philippines to begin a family-based movement to Christ that will bless them abundantly. Pray for the Lord’s blessing of the South Asian diaspora and the work of their hands as a testimony of his goodness and power.


Scripture Prayers for the South Asian, general in Philippines.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General South Asian, general
People Name in Country South Asian, general
Natural Name South Asian
Pronunciation AY-zhun
Population this Country 4,600
Population all Countries 12,066,000
Total Countries 59
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names
People ID 19211
ROP3 Code 115527
Country Philippines
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Philippines
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Hindi (4,600 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Hindi (4,600 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1835-2019)
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, Old Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
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 A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.10 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
50.00 %
Islam
25.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
23.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
100.0 %
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Profile Source Joshua Project  
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