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Varli in Pakistan


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
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Varli in Pakistan

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Introduction / History
The Hindu Varli are a tribal people who live in primarily west India but also south Pakistan. The word Varli means, "a field or piece of land."

The Varli are known for their painting of murals, mostly on the walls of their earthen huts. Dark red ochre serves as the background for the murals. They use white paint exclusively, made from rice paste and gum. The paintings depict male and female gods, elements of nature and village life. Patterns are often repeated which give the paintings a geometric appearance. Murals painted on canvas now serve as a source of income for the Varli. Only 50% of the Varli population can read.

Where are they located?
Varli people live mostly in the Nashik region and the Thane region of south Pakistan. Others live in Pakistan.

What are their lives like?
The Varli people of Pakistan work in agriculture, often on land owned by others. Rice, millet, wheat, vegetables, and fruit are their principal crops and food. As Hindus, they will not eat beef.

The Varli of Pakistan speak Sindhi. Some Varli also speak Hindi and Urdu. These languages allow the Varli to communicate and do business with outsiders.

Most Varli lives today in villages without electricity, indoor plumbing and access to clean water. As a result, the death of Varli children before the age of five is a too common occurrence.

What are their beliefs?
The Varli people in Pakistan are officially Hindu. They frequently mix folk religion with their Hinduism. Varli utilize their own priests and shamans, not Brahmans, as do most Hindu communities. The Varli worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. Varli visit their shrines and offer prayers, food, flowers and incense to their gods. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

The main yearly holidays of the Varli people are Holi, the festival of colors; Diwali, the festival of lights; Navratri, the celebration of autumn; and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.

What are their needs?
The Varli need to hear the life-changing message about Jesus Christ in a way they can understand. They need help in educating their children and in gaining new job skills. They would greatly benefit by access to clean water and electricity. Workers need to reach out to the Varli people with oral Bible resources and the JESUS Film due to their high rate of illiteracy.

Prayer Points
* Pray the day will come when Pakistan's Varli people celebrate Jesus Christ with enthusiasm and disciple others in His ways.
* Pray that spiritual barriers will be broken, and that the Varli will allow the Holy Spirit to rule and reign in their lives.
* Pray that workers will make long-lasting, intentional contact with Varli people that will result in many disciples who reach their own people.


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Country: Pakistan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:5 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:5,100
Largest Provinces:
Sindh (5,100)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Varli
People Name General: Varli
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 113844
Joshua Project People ID: 18299
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 5,100
Population all Countries: 1,253,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
People Name General: Varli
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Sindhi (5,200 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): snd    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Dhatki (1,000)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity4.96 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism95.04 % 
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: 1825-1981
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1954
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 RecordingsOral Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Sindhi
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file fro ...
Text / Printed MatterBible: Common Language New Testament
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Varli in Pakistan

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      Varli Pakistan    
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