People-in-Country Profile

People Selector:
Print version:
Step 1 - Select a Country:   Send us your updates!
Step 2 - Select a People:  

Sinhalese in Singapore

Sinhalese

Send us a photo of this people.  [1]

Send us a map of this people group in this country.
Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
17,000 Sinhala Buddhism 8.00 % 1.20 % No   

Sinhalese in Singapore

Profile Text
Submit Profile Text:

Introduction / History
The name Sinhala comes from the Sanskrit word for lion. Sinhalese are believed to be of Aryan descent. They migrated from India (Bengal, Orissa, and Gujarat) to Sri Lanka as early as the 6th century B.C. where they were known as Sinhalese. The Sinhalese King, court, and people converted to Indian Buddhism in the 2nd century B.C.

The Sinhalese are the dominant 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 many other countries, including Singapore.

The Sinhalese in Singapore speak their language of Sinhala among themselves. They also speak English which allows them to communicate and work with others in this land where English is one of the trade languages.

Where are they located?
The vast majority of the Sinhalese live in their native country, Sri Lanka, though there are small numbers of Sinhalese migrants in many countries in East Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and North America.

What are their lives like?
Most of the Sri Lankans in Singapore are Tamil Hindus, but there are a smaller number of Sinhalese Buddhists there. The Sinhalese people continue traditions that have been passed from their ancestors in Sri Lanka, while of necessity obeying the laws of the local government. Most of the Sinhalese traditions on marriage center on a single nuclear family, consisting of a married couple and their children. Yet a Sinhalese man or woman might have four marriages in their lifetime, due to the influence of Islam.

After marriage, a Sinhalese woman typically moves in with her husband's family unless she and her husband can afford to set up their own house. In the past, a Sinhalese couple did not need a marriage certificate to say that they were married. Both the bride and groom would testify that they were living together. Women do not accept their husband's names after marriage but continue to maintain their maiden names. The man is considered the authority of the household, but both man and woman can inherit property.

What are their beliefs?
The majority of Sinhalese in Singapore are Theravada Buddhist and the temple is the focal point of their activities. Besides the religious Wesak day (a Buddhist celebration of Buddha's enlightenment), the Sinhalese Buddhist community also celebrates the New Year usually on 14th April. New Year's Day begins with lighting a lamp and placing it in a prominent position in the house and it is believed to drive away evil spirits. Certain foods are required, and it is believed that eating these foods on an auspicious day will bring one good fortune throughout the year. This custom is still practiced despite disbelief among most people in their community today.

What are their needs?
The Buddhist Sinhalese diaspora need the chance to find their way to Jesus Christ, who offers life to the full.

Prayer Points
Pray for His kingdom to come and His will to be done among the Buddhist Sinhalese people in Singapore.
Pray for workers who are filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit to go to the Sinhalese people in their various locations.
Pray for a movement of Buddhist Sinhalese households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ.
Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive the Sinhalese people to the arms of Jesus.

References
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/14196/MY
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinhalese people
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theravada
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Lankan_diaspora

View Sinhalese in all countries.

Prayer Links  
PrayerGuard.net
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-06-06
  Submit Update:
Country: Singapore
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
10/40 Window: No
   
  Peoples [3]
Submit Update:
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: 17,000
Population all Countries: 400,000
Least-Reached: No
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Buddhist
People Name General: Sinhalese
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
Submit Update:
Primary Language: Sinhala (17,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): sin    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
Submit Update:
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism70.00 % 
Christianity8.00 %(Evangelical: 1.20 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism13.00 % 
Islam9.00 % 
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]   Evangelicals have only a very small representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
 
 
Bible Translation Status
Submit Update:
Bible Portions: 1739-1966
New Testament:
1776-1991
Complete Bible: 1823-2009
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
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Sinhala
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGospel resources links
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
Text / Printed MatterBible: Sinhala
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Sinhala
Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
Text / Printed MatterTopical Scripture booklets and Bible stu ...
 
 
Ministry Activity
Register Ministry Activity:
Networking: Visit LinkingGlobalVoices.org for networking possibilities.
Description: Register your ministry activity among this people group. Contact the Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse and Unleashed for the Unreached to learn about others that might be focused on this people group.
 
Data Notes
Data Sources
 
 

Sinhalese in Singapore

Peoples
               
Geographic
Global                 Global
           
  Affinity Bloc             Global  
           
   
People Cluster
       
Region
   
    South Asia Buddhist     Asia, Southeast    
     
People-Group-Across-Countries
   
Country
   
      Sinhalese Singapore    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Sinhalese in Singapore          
      Religion Language  
      Buddhism     Sinhala  
    Global    
Language
 
    All Religions                              
   
Religion
                             

Direct link:  http://legacy.joshuaproject.net/people-profile.php?rog3=SN&peo3=14196