Sansi in Pakistan

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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Sansi
Country: Pakistan
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 500
World Population: 10,100
Primary Language: Sansi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Portions
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

During the British period the Sansi were classified as petty criminals who made their living by stealing cattle and other things. In 1947 many Muslim Sansi left India for Pakistan. Many of the Sansi had to leave their property and jobs in India and as a result had to endure endure extreme poverty in Pakistan.

Where Are they Located?

The Muslim Sansi people live either in Indian state of Rajasthan or over the border in Pakistan. The Sansi of Pakistan live in the states of Punjab and Sindh.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Most Sansi people in Pakistan must endure extreme poverty, being barely able to feed their families. Many of them still migrate, looking for seasonal jobs in agriculture and animal husbandry. Most of their children must leave school early to help support their families. Both Muslim and Hindu communities look down on the Sansi because of their reputation as thieves. The Pakistani government is discouraging their nomadic lifestyle and giving them incentives to settle down and work in agriculture.

The Sansi people in Pakistan marry within their group. Families arrange marriages with the consent of the young people. A Sansi man may marry up to four wives but one spouse is the norm. Sons inherit their father's property. Sansi women have many children but many children die before their fifth birthday due to their lack of access to modern medicine.

Muslim Sansi are allowed to eat meat except pork. Most of their means are vegetarian due to their poverty. Lamb and goat are reserved for special occasions.

Today, many Sansi work as cattle herders for large landowners. They also work as seasonal agricultural laborers, in shoe repair and in leather goods. Many of them still follow their ancient lifestyle of traveling from place to place looking for employment. Most Sansi are unable to read and write.

The main language of the Sansi is Sansi, which is spoken by 60,000 older people today. The language of the Sansi may be extinct in the next couple of decades as more and more young Sansi communicate in Punjabi or Urdu. Only Bible portions are available in Sansi.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Sansi people of Pakistan are Sunni, the largest branch of Islam. They try to obey the teachings of the Koran and the prophet Mohammad. They believe that by following the Five Pillars of Islam that they will attain heaven when they die. However, Allah, the one supreme God, determines who enters paradise. Sunnis pray five times a day facing Mecca. They fast the month of Ramadan. They attend mosque services on Friday. If a Muslim has the means, he or she will make a pilgrimage to Mecca once in his or her lifetime. Muslims are also prohibited to drink alcohol, eat pork, gamble, steal, use deceit, slander, and make idols.

The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah.

What Are Their Needs?

The Sansi in Pakistan need help in educating their children. They need help in learning new job skills, which help take them out of their lives of poverty. Most of all they need to hear and understand the life-changing message of Jesus Christ who alone can forgive their sins and bring them abundant life.

Prayer Points

Pray the Lord sends workers to help the Sansi in Pakistan with their physical needs and to share the gospel with them.
Pray the Lord gives the Sansi dissatisfaction with Islam and openness to the claims of Christ.
Pray for a movement to Jesus to multiply among Sansi families and communities.

Text Source:   Keith Carey