• AFFINITY BLOC: SOUTH ASIAN PEOPLES
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QUICK FACTS:

People groups: 2,052

Population: 1,687,408,050

Unreached people groups: 1,828

UPG population: 1,553,700,700

Unengaged UPGs: 839

UUPG population: 40,929,500

Number of clusters: 28

Number of countries: 77

 

Overview: The greatest challenge for world evangelization is presented probably by the peoples of the South Asian affinity bloc. It has more unevangelized individuals and people groups than any other region of the world, and yet in some segments of its societies the Church is growing vigorously. Its ethnic, linguistic, religious and social complexity defies easy description. Overshadowing all is the pervasive caste system that blights India and Nepal especially. The people clusters that comprise South Asian Peoples are based mainly on ethnic origin, language and (to an extent) religion. It is helpful to see the sub-continent in this way, but a three-dimensional model that also incorporates caste is needed.

  -- Patrick Johnstone, The Future of the Global Church, p. 206

People clusters: Assamese; Banjara; Bengali; Bhil; Bhojpur-Maithili; Bihari; Brahui; Gond; Gujarati; Hindi; Jat; Kannada; Kashmiri; Malayali; Maldivian; Marathi-Konkani; Munda-Santal; Nepali-Pahari; Odia; Oraon; Other South Asian; Punjabi; Rajasthan; Sindhi; Sinhala; Tamil; Telugu; Urdu Muslim

Countries where they are found: Afghanistan; Antigua and Barbuda; Argentina; Australia; Bahrain; Bangladesh; Barbados; Belgium; Belize; Bhutan; Brazil; Brunei; Burundi; Cambodia; Canada; Chile; Christmas Island; Denmark; Fiji; France; French Guiana; Germany; Grenada; Guadeloupe; Guatemala; Guyana; India; Iran; Iraq; Ireland; Israel; Italy; Jamaica; Japan; Kenya; Kuwait; Laos; Libya; Madagascar; Malawi; Malaysia; Maldives; Martinique; Mauritius; Mozambique; Myanmar; Nepal; Netherlands; New Zealand; Oman; Pakistan; Panama; Papua New Guinea; Portugal; Qatar; Reunion; Rwanda; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Saudi Arabia; Seychelles; Singapore; South Africa; South Korea; Spain; Sri Lanka; Tanzania; Thailand; Trinidad and Tobago; Turkey; Uganda; United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom; United States; Venezuela; Zambia; Zimbabwe


People groups: 2,052

Population: 1,687,408,050

Unreached people groups: 1,828

UPG population: 1,553,700,700

Unengaged UPGs: 839

UUPG population: 40,929,500

Number of clusters: 28

Number of countries: 77