• AFFINITY BLOC: SOUTH ASIAN PEOPLES


QUICK FACTS:

People groups: 2,658

Population: 1,832,475,493

Unreached people groups: 2,303

UPG population: 1,649,561,078

Unengaged UPGs: 989

UUPG population: 47,123,428

Number of clusters: 71

Number of countries: 64

 

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; Bania; Banjara, Tribal; Bengali; Bhil, Tribal; Bhojpur-Maithili; Bihari; Brahui; Chamar (Bhambi) - Dalit; Dusadh - Dalit; Gond, Tribal; Gujarati; Hindi; Jain; Jat Hindu; Jat Muslim; Jat Sikh; Kannada; Kashmiri; Kuki Chin, Tribal; Madiga - Dalit; Mala - Dalit; Malayali; Marathi-Konkani; Munda-Santal; Namassej - Dalit; Nepali-Pahari; Odia; Other South Asian; Other Tribal; Pasi - Dalit; Punjabi; Rajasthan; Rajbansi - Dalit; Sayyid; Shaikh; Sindhi; South Asia Buddhist; South Asia Christian; South Asia Dalit - Other; South Asia Forward Caste - Brahmin; South Asia Forward Caste - Nair; South Asia Forward Caste - Other; South Asia Forward Caste - Rajput; South Asia Hindu - Badhai; South Asia Hindu - Bhoi; South Asia Hindu - Kahar; South Asia Hindu - Kapu; South Asia Hindu - Kayastha; South Asia Hindu - Kumhar; South Asia Hindu - Kunbi; South Asia Hindu - Kurmi; South Asia Hindu - Mahishya; South Asia Hindu - Mahratta; South Asia Hindu - Mali; South Asia Hindu - Nai; South Asia Hindu - Other; South Asia Hindu - Sonar; South Asia Hindu - Teli; South Asia Muslim - Ansari; South Asia Muslim - Arain; South Asia Muslim - Other; South Asia Muslim - Pashtun; South Asia Sikh - Other; Tamil; Tangsa, Tribal; Telugu; Urdu Muslim; Viswakarma; Vokkaliga; Yadav

Countries where they are found: Afghanistan; Antigua and Barbuda; Australia; Bahrain; Bangladesh; Belgium; Bhutan; Brunei; Burundi; Cambodia; Canada; China; Christmas Island; Denmark; Fiji; France; French Guiana; Germany; Guyana; India; Iran; Iraq; Ireland; Israel; Italy; Japan; Kenya; Kuwait; Libya; Madagascar; Malawi; Malaysia; Maldives; Martinique; Mauritius; Mozambique; Myanmar; Nepal; Netherlands; New Zealand; Oman; Pakistan; Panama; Portugal; Qatar; Reunion; Rwanda; 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; Zambia; Zimbabwe


People groups: 2,658

Population: 1,832,475,493

Unreached people groups: 2,303

UPG population: 1,649,561,078

Unengaged UPGs: 989

UUPG population: 47,123,428

Number of clusters: 71

Number of countries: 64