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Sansi Kapadia in India

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6,700 Marwari Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % No   

Sansi Kapadia in India

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Introduction / History
The known history of the Sansi dates to their defeat in the Moghul Wars, which took place between the 1500s and the 1700s. When they lost their lands in these wars, the Sansi began to roam northern India and became known as a wandering community. They were forced to beg for food. To survive, some adopted habits such as stealing and cattle rustling, and became known as criminals during colonial days. The Sansi were under the Criminal Tribes Act during the British rule of India, and it was a source of disgrace for their community. That stigma is with them today making life difficult for them. In 1952 they were released from this stigma, at least on the government record books. They are sometimes shunned by other communities, giving them a reason to withdraw from outsiders.
Their language is endangered because they only speak it among themselves, and there are so few of them. Sansi people are considered a very low caste.
The Kapadia are a Sansi subgroup that lives in northern Rajasthan, one of India's least reached states.

What are their lives like?
Some of the Kapadia Sansi are landless farmers and day laborers while others sell alcoholic drinks. Some of their children work in shops. A small number are nomadic. Unfortunately, most of the Kapadia Sansi live in poverty. They have a low literacy level, so the gospel will need to be presented in oral form. They are secluded from other communities partly because they are rejected as criminals, and partly as a way of defending themselves from outsiders. They have a caste council to look after their needs and to settle disputes among them. Government designs to settle them in one place have been thwarted by their continual habit of selling or bartering any land that is given to them.

What are their beliefs?
The Kapadia Sansi people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.
Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.

What are their needs?
The Kapadia Sansi people need opportunities to get better education so they can improve their economic lives.

Prayer Points
Pray for a move of the Holy Spirit to transform Kapadia Sansi communities so that they will be productive and joyful in their work.
Pray that the Lord will call workers as gentle as doves but as sly as foxes to be able to identify with the Kapadia Sansi people and share the way to eternal and abundant life with these precious black sheep.
Pray for spiritual hunger and discernment among Kapadia Sansi people.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2018-09-11
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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:11 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:6,700
Largest States:
Rajasthan (6,600)
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People Name in Country: Sansi Kapadia
People Name General: Sansi Kapadia
Alternate People Names:
सांसी कपाड़िया
ROP3 Code: 117805
Joshua Project People ID: 21229
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 6,700
Population all Countries: 6,700
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
People Name General: Sansi Kapadia
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Marwari (2,700 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): rwr    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Hindi (2,500)Punjabi, Eastern (600)
Bagri (500)Shekhawati (60)
Total Languages: 5
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism98.28 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small1.72 % 
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: 1815-1867
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Marwari
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
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Sansi Kapadia in India

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    South Asia Dalit - other     Asia, South    
      Sansi Kapadia India    
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