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Turi (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan

Turi (Hindu traditions)

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
2,100 Sindhi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Turi (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan

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Introduction / History
The Hindu Turi people have challenging lives. They are viewed as Dalits or outcasts by the Hindu community. The Turi are a scheduled caste in India, meaning they have low status in Hindu communities. There is no official caste system in Pakistan but the small number of Hindu Turi there are seen as one of the lowest groups in the nation.
The primary language of the Indian Turi people is Hindi. Other Indian Turi speak Bengali and other regional Indian languages. Sindhi is the first language of the Pakistani Turi. Many resources are available in Sindhi including a complete Bible and the JESUS Film.

What are their lives like?
The traditional occupation of the Hindu Turi was that of making useful things from bamboo. These bamboo items include many types of baskets, mats, hats, and furniture. The bamboo items are now made by factories more efficiently. The demand for their handmade products has declined. As a result, more Turi are now working as landless agricultural laborers. They are frequently abused by the land owners who make them work for low wages in poor living conditions.
Illiteracy is an issue among the Turi especially for women. Over one third of them are unable to read or write. Children often quit school early to help their families make a living. Many Turi lack access to modern medicine, clean water, electricity, and indoor plumbing. Due to these conditions their life expectancy is low and child mortality is high.

What are their beliefs?
Almost all Turi practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Their principal deity is Singbonga or the sun, the great god of the Mundas. The Mundas are the larger group of people from which the Turi originated.
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. The Turi are often denied entrance into Hindu temples due to their Dalit designation. The Turi offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods at their own shrines. They employ their own priests, as Brahmins will not serve at their important life events.
The main yearly holidays of the Turi people are Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of lights and Navratri, the celebration of autumn.
There are a tiny number of Christian and Buddhist Turi.

What are their needs?
The Turi people have pressing needs. They need help in educating their children. They need help in acquiring electricity, access to clean water and indoor plumbing. They need help in gaining new job skills. Most of all the Turi needs to hear and believe in the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and give them a hope for the future.

Prayer Points
Pray that God sends the Turi to the loving arms of God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ.
Pray for Turi families and communities to discover and embrace the free gift of life found by trusting Christ.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to work powerfully through those Christians ministering to the Turi people.
Pray that the Pakistani Turi parents might be able to provide adequately for their children.


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Country: Pakistan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:7 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:2,100
Largest Provinces:
Sindh (2,000)
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People Name in Country: Turi (Hindu traditions)
People Name General: Turi (Hindu traditions)
Alternate People Names:
SarderTuri Barot
ROP3 Code: 113817
Joshua Project People ID: 18273
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 2,100
Population all Countries: 447,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
People Name General: Turi (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Sindhi (1,200 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): snd    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Dhatki (800)Kacchi (80)
Total Languages: 3
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism100.00 % 
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: 1825-1981
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1954
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsRecorded oral Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Sindhi
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralGospel website in this language
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
Text / Printed MatterBible: Sindhi
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Sindhi
Text / Printed MatterTopical Scripture booklets and Bible stu ...
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