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Asur in India

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
38,000 Asuri Hinduism 8.47 % Unknown No No   

Asur in India

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Introduction / History
In the thick forests and mineral rich land of the hilly part of the State of Jharkhand, live a number of different tribal groups. Asur is one of them. The Asur do not mingle freely with others, making it difficult for an outsider to enter their area and build friendships. Any outsider traveling in the region is viewed with suspicion as the area is known for militant activities.

Most Asur children do not attend school, as school facilities are not easily available and they need to walk long distances to go to school. This keeps the literacy rates among the Asur very low. It is too bad that the schools are not closer since their attitude towards education is very positive.

What are their lives like?
Most of the hard working Asur earn their livelihood as day laborers in mines. In general, the living conditions of the Asur are good. Yet, there is a sharp contrast in the lifestyles and social levels of Christian Asur versus the others. Christians among them have better access to medical facilities, are better educated and have better knowledge about the outside world. There is need for developmental activities in the areas of education, social and medical facilities.

The Asur speak a distinct language called Asuri but no portion of the Scripture is available. Having the Word of God in their language would be an asset in building the foundations of the Asur Church. They could then better understand the love of God and enable the remaining Asur to clearly understand the Gospel.

What are their beliefs?
Traditionally, they follow animistic faith. A significant number of Asur, about 4000 of them, have responded to the Gospel and worship Jesus. The lack of God's Word in the Asuri language has diluted their understanding of Christian living. They have absorbed many of their ancestral worship forms into the Church.

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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:10 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:38,000
Largest States:
Jharkhand (24,000)Bihar (4,900)
West Bengal (4,500)Chhattisgarh (1,700)
Odisha (1,500)Assam (1,000)
Tripura (20)
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People Name in Country: Asur
People Name General: Asur
Alternate People Names:
Bir Asurअसुर
ROP3 Code: 111379
Joshua Project People ID: 16257
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 38,000
Population all Countries: 40,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
People Name General: Asur
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Asuri (21,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): asr    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Hindi (6,800)Bhojpuri (1,600)
Bengali (1,000)Assamese (600)
Odia (300)Maithili (300)
Kurux (200)Sadri (200)
Santhali (100)Munda (40)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 22
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.03 % 
Christianity8.47 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism54.85 % 
Islam0.63 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.01 % 
Unknown36.01 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
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Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 5   Greater than or equal to 5% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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