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Marathi in Mauritius

Marathi

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
17,000 Marathi Hinduism 1.00 % 0.00 %   

Marathi in Mauritius

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Introduction / History
Even though the Marathis have both an oral and written history that dates back 2000 years, they only gained attention as a prominent people group in the 1600s. At that time a man named Shivaji and his warriors established the Maratha Empire. India's western state of Maharashtra is named after this people group. Technically Marathi is a language, though language often defines a people group.

During the days of the British Empire, the Brits sent indentured servants from India to Mauritius, an island off the coast of East Africa, to work sugar cane fields and the like. Some of these Indians spoke the Marathi language as do their great-grandchildren today. There were women among the Marathis, and many of these married Chinese men who also migrated to this island chain for work.

21st century Marathis are living much better than the ones who first came to Mauritius. Marathis, and other Mauritians of Indian descent, have dominated the political landscape of this country for many years.

Where are they located?
The Marathis live mainly in the few urban centers of Mauritius such as Port Louis. Others live in well-developed towns such as Vacoas, Curepipe, Quatre Bornes and Beau Bassin.

What are their lives like?
The Marathis in Mauritius are often highly involved with business and politics. They love the arts, especially the theater, and many of them participate in a national drama competition. Though they keep much of their old culture, they are not insular; many of them speak at least two or three languages, and they have contact with other ethnic communities.

What are their beliefs?
The Marathis are Hindus. In Mauritius they are most likely to participate in Gondhal, a sacrifice to a goddess named Bhawani. Many are devotees of Lord Vishnu, one of the three major gods of Hinduism.

What are their needs?
This relatively wealthy, well-educated community is still in need of the Savior, Jesus Christ. It will take special ambassadors of the King of kings to approach them in a way they can understand and embrace.

Prayer Points
* Pray for God to raise up the right people to go to the Marathis as His ambassadors.
* Pray that Marathis in Mauritius will soon experience the love of Jesus Christ and begin to follow Him as their Lord and Savior.
* Pray for a thriving church planting movement among Marathi speaking people to begin in Mauritius.

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Country: Mauritius
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window: No
   
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Marathi
People Name General: Marathi
Alternate People Names:
Marathi JewMarati
ROP3 Code: 106317
Joshua Project People ID: 13533
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 17,000
Population all Countries: 70,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - Other
People Name General: Marathi
Ethnic Code: CNN25j
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Marathi (17,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mar    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity1.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant20.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic80.00 %
 
(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: 1807-1957
New Testament:
1811-1982Audio
Complete Bible: 1821-2002
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 (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture / Bible
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories in Marathi
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Marathi
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible
Text / Printed MatterBible: मराठी - Marathi
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterFather's Love Letter
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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Marathi in Mauritius

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