Text source: Karen Hightower
Introduction / History
They are also called Pakhwaji, because of they play the timbrel. The word Mirasi comes from the Arabic word "miras" which means inheritance. Many sub groups exist among them.
Where are they located?
Mirasi people are a caste living in the northern parts of India. Some have migrated to nearby states. Mirasis in Uttar Pradesh are in regions such as Meerut. They are in most parts of Punjab state.
What are their lives like?
Mirasi people entertain at fairs and sing at weddings. Many are laborers, and farming tenants, and also sell vegetables. The well-educated work in government, serve in the military and do research for genealogies.
They have a caste council to judge in disputes and make sure that the people behave as they should. Mirasi people do not marry outside their group. They speak Magadhi, Urdu, Rajasthani, Punjabi, and Hindi.
What are their beliefs?
Mirasi people can be Muslim, Hindu or Sikh. The Hindus among them have can have a wide variety of beliefs, since there is very little in the way of basic creeds for Hinduism. They can worship no gods or thousands of them, for example.
What are their needs?
One can only imagine the spiritual confusion involved with three major religions within their families and communities. Bible resources exist in Urdu and Hindi, but Mirasi people remain an unreached people group. The need open hearts to hear God's answers to their spiritual problems.
* Pray that Mirasi Hindu people will be liberated by God's Holy Spirit from the many ties that bind them to lives devoid of Christ's blessings.
* Pray that Mirasi Hindus will see past their respective traditional worship to the futility of it all and experience a growing desire to know the truth of God's Word.
* Pray for the Lord to multiply the reception and influence of His Word among the Mirasi Hindus, leading them to love Him with their whole being.
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to anoint Mirasi Hindu families, especially the children and youth, and to raise up a new generation of fruitful, multiplying witnesses of Christ's mercy and love.
ReferencesView Mirasi (Hindu traditions) in all countries.