Mair Sonar in India

The Sonar Mair have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

According to Hindu legend the first Sonar was used by the goddess Devi to destroy a powerful demon who was made of gold. The Sonar convinced that vain demon that he would look better if he were polished, which meant he had to be melted down. When this happened and the demon was destroyed, Devi rewarded the Sonar by giving him the head of this demon.

There are subgroups of the Sonars based on location. They are part of the Vaishya caste groupings, the third in rank of the four. Vaishyas may not have the status of the higher two caste groupings, but they often have more wealth, since they are businessmen and merchants.


Where Are they Located?

Sonar live primarily in Maharashtra state, but there are also sizable populations in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Bihar, and Odisha.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Known for their work with gold and silver, Sonars produce elaborate jewelry and ornaments, using precious and semi-precious stones. Some engrave deities on plates of gold and silver as well as pendants. Others cut and polish diamonds. Typically, the Sonars own their own jewelry stores, while others are paid for skilled designs in delicate filigree.

Being a skilled goldsmith brings status in Hindu India. In a Hindu wedding, 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 a Sonar’s beautiful golden artwork. Sonars have contact with just about every Hindu community. For that reason, if members of the Sonar community became believers, they could potentially influence all Hindu people groups.

Today, their role is becoming more diverse. Some are skilled artisans who develop beautiful jewelry and art work. Others are landowners, pawnbrokers, or money lenders. They are becoming more educated as a community which is opening doors for more opportunities.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Sonars are Hindus who worship the regular Hindu gods, especially Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. They also have family, clan and regional gods that they worship. Along with other Hindu communities, the Sonars celebrate Holi, Dussehra, Janamashtami, Navrati, and Diwali.


What Are Their Needs?

Sonars need humility and the desire to serve the God who created all gold, and everything else they see. They need to taste and see that the Lord is good … and great!


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Sonar Mair in India.

* Pray for the Holy Spirit to move among Sonar families and community leaders to seek His face and enjoy His blessings.
* Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers who will be compelled to nurture a disciple making movement among Sonar peoples in the 2020s.
* Pray that soon many members of the Sonar communities will have faith that is more precious and durable than gold.


References

https://peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/sonar/
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/sonar-aka-soni-people/
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/Sonar-Goldsmiths/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunar


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Sonar Mair
People Name in Country Sonar Mair
Natural Name Mair Sonar
World Population 77,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Hemkar; Konkar; Mehr Sonar; Merhbansi Sonar; Potdar; Sanur; Saraf; Soni; Sunar; Suniar; Suvarnakar; सोनार मेर
People ID 21253
ROP3 Code 118076
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 9
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
57,000
Bihar
6,500
Himachal Pradesh
5,900
Uttarakhand
3,000
Chhattisgarh
2,100
Madhya Pradesh
1,400
Rajasthan
700
Chandigarh
400
Jharkhand
100
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 9
  Uttar Pradesh 57,000
  Bihar 6,500
  Himachal Pradesh 5,900
  Uttarakhand 3,000
  Chhattisgarh 2,100
  Madhya Pradesh 1,400
  Rajasthan 700
  Chandigarh 400
  Jharkhand 100
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Hindi (63,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
Awadhi
2,900
Kangri
2,100
Bhojpuri
2,000
Garhwali
1,700
Chhattisgarhi
1,500
Kanauji
1,400
Punjabi, Eastern
800
Braj Bhasha
800
Mandeali
700
Pahari, Mahasu
200
Dhundari
200
Maithili
200
Magahi
90
Marwari
80
Primary Language Hindi (63,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
  Awadhi 2,900
  Kangri 2,100
  Bhojpuri 2,000
  Garhwali 1,700
  Chhattisgarhi 1,500
  Kanauji 1,400
  Punjabi, Eastern 800
  Braj Bhasha 800
  Mandeali 700
  Pahari, Mahasu 200
  Dhundari 200
  Maithili 200
  Magahi 90
  Marwari 80
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  (1835-2012)
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Bible-NT Text Online
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Hindi
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
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General Four Spiritual Laws
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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