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Vaghri (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
9,000 Vaghri Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Vaghri (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

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Introduction / History
Their name Vagri comes from the Sanskrit word for net. The Vaghri were originally forest hunters. During the British colonial period the Vaghri were labeled as a caste of petty thieves. This idea has continued to hurt the Vaghri people in their desire to escape poverty. They are classified are a backward scheduled caste.

Where are they located?
The Muslim Vaghri live in India's Gujarat state. Others live in Pakistan.

What are their lives like?
Besides being hunters, the Vaghri worked as traders, hawkers, animal breeders, and stonemasons. Most Vaghri people are landless. They try to grow vegetables on the small plots of land they possess.

What are their beliefs?
Most Vaghri people are Hindu, but there are Muslims among them, especially in Pakistan. Many of the peoples of South Asia who are Muslim converted from Hinduism during the days of the powerful Moghul Empire, but they retained elements of Hinduism in their belief system.

What are their needs?
The Vaghri people, be they Hindu or Muslim, need the peace that comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points
* Pray the Lord will open the hearts of the Vaghri people to desire God's blessings through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.
*Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers to both the Hindu and the Muslim Vaghri communities in Pakistan and India.
*Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive them to seek and find the Lord.
*Pray for a church planting movement among the Muslim Vaghri community in Pakistan.


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Country: Pakistan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:5 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:9,000
Largest Provinces:
Sindh (9,000)Punjab (20)
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People Name in Country: Vaghri (Muslim traditions)
People Name General: Vaghri (Muslim traditions)
Alternate People Names:
वाघरि (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 113172
Joshua Project People ID: 17722
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 9,000
Population all Countries: 31,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
People Name General: Vaghri (Muslim traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Vaghri (5,500 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): vgr    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Sindhi (2,700)Koli, Kachi (500)
Marwari (300)Koli, Wadiyari (50)
Total Languages: 5
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam100.00 % 
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
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
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Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
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Vaghri (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

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