• AFFINITY BLOC: SOUTH ASIAN PEOPLES


QUICK FACTS:

People groups: 2,232

Population: 1,887,357,030

Unreached people groups: 1,934

UPG population: 1,703,595,230

Unengaged UPGs: 784

UUPG population: 50,731,280

Number of clusters: 71

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; South Asia Buddhist; South Asia Christian; South Asia Dalit - Dusadh; South Asia Dalit - Madiga; South Asia Dalit - Mala; South Asia Dalit - Namassej; South Asia Dalit - Other; South Asia Dalit - Pasi; South Asia Dalit - Rajbansi; South Asia Forward Caste - Bania; 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 - Jat; 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 Hindu - Vakkaliga; South Asia Hindu - Viswakarma; South Asia Hindu - Yadav; South Asia Jain; South Asia Muslim - Ansari; South Asia Muslim - Other; South Asia Muslim - Pashtun; South Asia Muslim - Sayyid; South Asia Sikh - Jat; South Asia Sikh - Other; South Asia Tribal - Bhil; South Asia Tribal - Gond; South Asia Tribal - Kuki Chin; South Asia Tribal - Other; 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; China; 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; 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: 2,232

Population: 1,887,357,030

Unreached people groups: 1,934

UPG population: 1,703,595,230

Unengaged UPGs: 784

UUPG population: 50,731,280

Number of clusters: 71

Number of countries: 77