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Sonar (Hindu traditions) in India

Sonar (Hindu traditions)

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8,194,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Sonar (Hindu traditions) in India

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Introduction / History
The name of this community is derived from the word sona meaning gold, and the people who work with gold are called Sunar or Sonar. Traditionally they are goldsmiths, but with the availability of better educational facilities the Sonar have become inclined toward education. Sonar goldsmiths hold an essential role in traditional Hindu weddings in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Dowries are given in the form of gold jewelry, and 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 his beautiful golden artwork.

Where are they located?
There are Sonar communities in most South Asian countries, including Pakistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, though they are concentrated in India.

What are their lives like?
Though the Sonar community is associated with goldsmithing, they deal with other aspects of the jewelry business as well, no matter what South Asian country they reside. Some are diamond cutters while others design beautiful jewelry or idols. As you would imagine, they are a wealthy community. Some are money lenders. The less fortunate among them sell books or stationery or auto parts.

What are their beliefs?
The Sonars are Hindus who worship whichever god they believe will bring them good luck and prosperity. Some are probably more philosophical in their spiritual lives.

What are their needs?
Like the church in Laodicea mentioned in Rev 3:14-22, the Sonar community needs to understand the importance of spiritual riches that only come from a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points
Pray for families of Sonar believers loving and serving others to grow reproducing churches. Pray for a chain reaction of Sonar families reaching families that results in thousands of new believers who share their faith with others. Pray for grace and truth expanding into the entire Sonar society as all believers learn to love others. Pray that churches and believers will bless their entire people group in such a way that God's love will change the Sonar people like yeast changes dough.

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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:8,194,000
Largest States:
Maharashtra (1,339,000)Uttar Pradesh (1,165,000)
Andhra Pradesh (773,000)Bihar (751,000)
Madhya Pradesh (580,000)Telangana (474,000)
Rajasthan (461,000)West Bengal (411,000)
Gujarat (371,000)Tamil Nadu (316,000)
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Sonar (Hindu traditions)
People Name General: Sonar (Hindu traditions)
Alternate People Names:
AgsaliAksali
AshrafAusala
ChaudhariGorkha
HemkarJangar
JargarKamsala
KapilaKarai
KhakharKhatri
KonkarKorai
ROP3 Code: 113659
Joshua Project People ID: 18150
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 8,194,000
Population all Countries: 8,326,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - Sonar
People Name General: Sonar (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Hindi (2,968,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): hin    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Telugu (1,247,000)Marathi (892,000)
Gujarati (376,000)Bengali (352,000)
Tamil (343,000)Bhojpuri (289,000)
Kannada (234,000)Marwari (171,000)
Punjabi, Eastern (108,000)Konkani (102,000)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 61
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.16 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.46 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.39 % 
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
GSEC Status:Level 3   Less than 2% Evangelical. Widespread church planting within past 2 years
 
 
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Bible Portions: 1806-1962
New Testament:
1811-1998Audio
Complete Bible: 1835-2019
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