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Machhi (Hindu traditions) in India

Machhi (Hindu traditions)

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
933,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.02 % Unknown   

Machhi (Hindu traditions) in India

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Introduction / History
The traditional occupation of the Machhi is fishing, which continues to be their primary source of livelihood.

What are their lives like?
Child marriage is prevalent among the Machhi. Property is usually shared by the sons, but a widow receives a 12% share of her husband's property. Their attitude towards formal education of both boys and girls is favorable.

What are their beliefs?
The Machhi people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews.

Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.

What are their needs?
The polytheistic worldview of the Hindu Macchi makes it difficult to accept a creator God who stands outside his creation, who created the universe at a point in time.

Prayer Points
Pray for laborers to sow God's word to persons and households of peace, which will in turn catalyze movements to Christ among the Machhi people.

Pray that new Machhi believers will live holy lives and disciple others in the faith.

Pray for the Machhi community to be able to properly support their families, having adequate incomes.

Pray they will be able to adjust to the rapidly changing conditions of the 21st century.

References
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2020/03/18

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Global Prayer Digest: 2015-08-20
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-03-18
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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:11 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:933,000
Largest States:
Gujarat (311,000)Haryana (290,000)
Maharashtra (242,000)Punjab (76,000)
Chandigarh (2,800)Daman and Diu (1,500)
Madhya Pradesh (1,100)Dadra and Nagar Haveli (900)
Himachal Pradesh (500)Jammu and Kashmir (40)
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Machhi (Hindu traditions)
People Name General: Machhi (Hindu traditions)
Alternate People Names:
BitnaDhimar
DhivarKahar
KhalasiKharva
KharviKharwal
MacchiyaraMachchhi
MachhiMachhiyara
MachhuaMachiyar
MahigarMali
ROP3 Code: 112918
Joshua Project People ID: 17502
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 933,000
Population all Countries: 936,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Machhi (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Gujarati (293,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): guj    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Hindi (238,000)Marathi (122,000)
Punjabi, Eastern (59,000)Haryanvi (36,000)
Konkani (27,000)Bagri (6,400)
Kacchi (900)Braj Bhasha (300)
Mandeali (200)Malvi (100)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 13
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.11 % 
Christianity0.02 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.87 % 
Islam0.00 % 
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]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 2   Less than 2% Evangelical. Initial (localized) church planting within past 2 years
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1809-1965
New Testament:
1820-1985Audio
Complete Bible: 1823-2021
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 RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture / Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / VideoIndigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Gujarati
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralZume Resources
GeneralZume Training
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible: Gujarati
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Gujarati
Text / Printed MatterLove letter to you from scripture
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
Text / Printed MatterTopical Scripture booklets and Bible stu ...
 
 
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