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Burusho in Pakistan


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Map source: Omid / Joshua Project
Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
249,000 Burushaski Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Burusho in Pakistan

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Introduction / History
The Burusho of Pakistan live in Hunza and Nagir in the mountainous region. They speak Burushaski.

The villages of the Burusho are hundreds of feet above the Hunza River. Travel is by narrow road. Travelling could be an obstacle to the gospel.

The Burusho work in agriculture. They are involved in livestock production for food and drink. They grow crops such as potatoes and carrots.

The main clans of the Burusho live in the city of Baltit. Marriages take place once a year, usually in December. Divorce is allowed only to men and then only on the grounds of adultery. On the death of the father, sons inherit the property with the oldest son usually receiving the best land.

The leader of the Burusho is called the Mir and his authority is final. They are Muslims by religion and have been so for many years.

Prayer Points
* Pray that the Mir becomes Christian and leads others of the Burusho to Jesus Christ
* Pray that as the Burusho read the Koran they will want to learn more about Jesus Christ, read the Bible and give their lives to Him.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2012-11-08
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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:249,000
Largest Provinces:
Gilgit-Baltistan (244,000)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Burusho
People Name General: Burusho
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 101787
Joshua Project People ID: 20031
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 249,000
Population all Countries: 249,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
People Name General: Burusho
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Burushaski (259,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): bsk    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Urdu (1,400)Shina (500)
Total Languages: 3
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam100.00 % 
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
GSEC Status:Level 2   Less than 2% Evangelical. Initial (localized) church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
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Burusho in Pakistan

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People Cluster
    South Asia Muslim - other     Asia, South    
      Burusho Pakistan    
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            Burusho in Pakistan          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Burushaski  
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