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Mahtam (Sikh traditions) in India

Mahtam (Sikh traditions)

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
633,000 Punjabi, Eastern Other / Small 1.58 % Unknown   

Mahtam (Sikh traditions) in India

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Most of the Mahtam Sikh (or Rai Sikh) in the Punjab are migrants from Pakistan. They claim to have 36 clans (gotras), including the Goge, Sarari, Kachure, Badwal, Book and Hakwan. The traditional occupations of the Mahtam Sikh were farming, hunting wild boars, fishing and liquor distillation. Today they are primarily farmers, but many are engaged in other trades as well. They maintain cordial relationships with the scheduled castes and other artisan and service castes of the nearby villages. Many now follow the religious teachings of a man named Radha Soami, which has led to less alcoholism and more vegetarianism.

Ministry Obstacles
Lack of workers able to carry the Gospel message accurately is an ongoing problem throughout South Asia.

Outreach Ideas
Pray the Gospel will be proclaimed widely and effectively via Gospel radio in the Punjabi languages spoken in Punjab state and beyond.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There may well be no followers of Jesus today among the Mahtam people, although it is possible there are believers who are not evident. Please pray for these and many others who will soon come to know Christ as savior and lord. There are a number of former Sikhs in Punjab who are now Christians.

Pray for the entire people group
Punjab is the only state in India where Sikhs are in the majority. Please pray for a movement of God's Spirit throughout this state. There are encouraging developments already.

Scripture Focus
Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2010-10-23
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-10-03
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-05-21
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-08-11
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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:10 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:633,000
Largest States:
Punjab (498,000)Haryana (33,000)
Rajasthan (24,000)Delhi (24,000)
Uttar Pradesh (19,000)Uttarakhand (8,000)
Maharashtra (7,600)Madhya Pradesh (4,200)
Jammu and Kashmir (3,400)Chandigarh (3,200)
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People Name in Country: Mahtam (Sikh traditions)
People Name General: Mahtam (Sikh traditions)
Alternate People Names:
Rai Sikhमहटाम (सिख ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 113638
Joshua Project People ID: 18131
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 633,000
Population all Countries: 633,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Sikh - other
People Name General: Mahtam (Sikh traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Punjabi, Eastern (418,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): pan    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Hindi (84,000)Bagri (30,000)
Haryanvi (3,400)Kumaoni (600)
Dogri (600)Marwari (300)
Kangri (200)Garhwali (100)
Dhundari (100)Awadhi (80)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 14
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Other / Small
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity1.58 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small98.42 % 
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 3   Less than 2% Evangelical. Widespread church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1818-1954
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1818-2021
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsDAVAR Partners recording, complete Bible
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsRecorded oral Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoEyes of the Heart
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Punjabi, Eastern
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoSatsung of the Sadguru Jesus
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoWho Can Help You?
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralZúme Training
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible: Punjabi, Eastern
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterDownload scripture in this language
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Punjabi, Eastern
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
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Mahtam (Sikh traditions) in India

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