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Sinhalese in Australia

Sinhalese

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
110,000 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Sinhalese in Australia

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Introduction / History
Sri Lankans in Australia are one of the largest groups of Sri Lankans away from their own country and the largest in Oceania. Sri Lankans include the Sinhalese peoples group.

The first Sinhalese people from Sri Lanka came in 1870 to work in Queensland on the sugar cane plantations. The first Sinhalese migration to Australia was in 1960. After the middle of the 1970s, large numbers arrived including Christians and Buddhists. During the 1970s immigration restrictions were eased and after 1973 and from the early 1980s, Sinhalese and other Sri Lankan migration began again and increased.

In the 1980s there were problems between the Sri Lankans in Australia related to the troubles at the time in Sri Lanka itself and the Sinhalese and Tamils had disputes among themselves. It is said that recently a Sri Lankan identity has come about amongst the migrants. Community organizations have been formed regards Sri Lankan tradition and culture. Strong friendships have been formed between Sinhalese Buddhists in Australia and those in Thailand, Myanmar and Cambodia and similarly regarding those who are Christian immigrants.

The Sinhalese speak Sinhali and English. SBS radio broadcasts in Sinhalese. Most Sinhalese in Australia are Theravada Buddhists and a small number of them are Christians (a chance for the Christian Sinhalese to give the gospel message here). There are Theravada Buddhist temples in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia. Theravada Buddhism is nearer to early Buddhism than other forms of Buddhism are.

Sinhalese like to travel and some of them were poor in Sri Lanka.

References
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Lankan_Australian

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Country: Australia
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
   
 
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
 
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Sinhalese
People Name General: Sinhalese
Alternate People Names:
CingaleseSingalese
SinghaleseSinhala
सिनलीज़
ROP3 Code: 109305
Joshua Project People ID: 14196
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 110,000
Population all Countries: 411,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Sinhala
People Name General: Sinhalese
Ethnic Code: CNN25q
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Sinhala (110,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): sin    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism100.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1739-1966
New Testament:
1776-1991Audio
Complete Bible: 1823-1982
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Sinhala
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBible: සිංහල - Sinhala
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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Sinhalese in Australia

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