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Sinhalese in India

Sinhalese

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
4,600 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Sinhalese in India

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Introduction / History
The Sinhalese are the native people of Sri Lanka where they make of 74% of the population. Some of these people left their island during the three decades long Sri Lankan civil war (1983-2009) and settled in India. The name Sinhala comes from the Sanskrit word for lion.

The Sinhalese in India speak their language of Sinhala among themselves. They also speak English that allows them to communicate and work with other educated Indians. The Sinhalese are employed in computer science, business and government jobs.

Where are they located?
The Sinhalese of India primarily live in Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Maharashtra and Kerala. Small groups also live in Indian states.

What are their lives like?
The Sinhalese left Sri Lanka to escaped the violence of the civil war. The war is over but many have decided to remain in India for the economic opportunities that India offers.

The Sinhalese have a rich and ancient culture that those living in India strive to maintain. Their cuisine is rice and curry based with the abundant use of hot spices and coconut milk. The traditional dress for men and women is a sarong although they generally wear western clothes for work. Dance is an important cultural heritage. The Sinhalese have their own type of martial arts called Angampora.

The Sinhalese practice monogamy, marriage to one person. Their marriages involve performing the ceremony on a Poruwa, a raised wooden platform. The groom at the close of the wedding breaks a fresh coconut.

What are their beliefs?
The large majority of the Sinhalese are Theravada Buddhist. Theravada means "doctrine of the elders." It is the more conservative of the two main branches of Buddhism. It is the dominant type of Buddhism practiced in Southeast Asia.

The Buddha or "Enlightened One" taught his disciples the Four Nobel Truths to escape suffering and the Eightfold Path, personal qualities to be developed.
Buddhists visit temples for worship, meditation and prayer. Buddhists make offerings of food, burning incense, candles and flowers.

Buddhists celebrate Vesak or Buddha's birthday in May, Dharma Day in July, Bodhi Day which celebrates the Buddha's enlightenment experience and the Buddhist New Year for three days in April.

A small group of Christian Sinhalese lives in Sri Lanka.

What are their needs?
The Sinhalese living in India need to hear and understand the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. They need to realize that they are sinners and in need of the Savior.

Prayer Points
* Pray the Lord would send Christian workers to befriend and share the gospel with Sinhalese of India
* Pray that God creates dissatisfaction with Buddhism and a hunger for spiritual truth among them.
* Pray that the Sinhalese Christians in Sri Lanka would reach out to their brothers and sisters in India.
* Pray that the Lord would begin and grow a Bible believing church among the Sinhalese of India.

References
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinhalese people
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theravada

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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:4,600
Largest States:
Tamil Nadu (1,800)Delhi (1,100)
Maharashtra (700)Kerala (400)
Gujarat (200)Andaman and Nicobar Islands (100)
Andhra Pradesh (90)Jharkhand (70)
West Bengal (60)Karnataka (40)
Total States on file:17
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Sinhalese
People Name General: Sinhalese
Alternate People Names:
CingaleseSingalese
SinghaleseSinhala
सिनलीज़
ROP3 Code: 109305
Joshua Project People ID: 14196
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 4,600
Population all Countries: 420,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Sinhala
People Name General: Sinhalese
Ethnic Code: CNN25q
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Sinhala (4,600 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): sin    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism100.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
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: 1739-1966
New Testament:
1776-1991Audio
Complete Bible: 1823-1982
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
 
 
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Sinhala
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBible: සිංහල - Sinhala
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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Sinhalese in India

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