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Megh (Sikh traditions) in India

Megh (Sikh traditions)

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
20,000 Punjabi, Eastern Other / Small 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Megh (Sikh traditions) in India

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Introduction / History
Meghwal (or Megh) means "clouds." The members of this caste believe their ancestor was a saint who produced rain from clouds. They are a Scheduled Caste whose primary occupation is farming. The Indian constitution allows people belonging to a such a low caste to receive special treatment to overcome the disadvantages due to their low caste status.

Where are they located?
Sikh Meghs live in Rajasthan, Punjab, and Jammu & Kashmir, all states in northwestern India. The Hindus among them are much more numerous and scattered.

What are their lives like?
Nowadays caste prejudice against them has died down to a large extent except in some remote areas. They have achieved moderate progress in education and their literacy rate has been improving. Though their status is low, the Megh people have gained notoriety through their skills in embroidery.

What are their beliefs?
Though most are Hindu, there are some Sikhs among the Megh people. Sikhism originated from a 15th century teacher named Guru Nanak Dev as a reform movement. He rejected the Hindu caste system, taught that all people were equal and that all have equal access to God. The Sikh God is formless, without gender and is to be found in everyone. One gets closer to God by living a good life and by practicing charity. Like Hindus, Sikhs believe in reincarnation and the law of karma; you reap what you sow in your previous life. Like Muslims, the Sikhs worship only one God.

One may recognize a Sikh man by his distinctive turban. All the 10 great Sikh gurus wore turbans. Sikh teaching mandates that a person not cut his or her hair. They worship their holy book, the Granth Sahib, which is a collection of hymns.

What are their needs?
Like all other unreached people groups, the Sikh Meghs need to find their way to Jesus Christ and the Throne of Grace. Only He can forgive sins and offer the abundant life God the Father wants for all people.

Prayer Points
Pray for gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Sikh Megh people for Jesus and that in God's sovereign timing their hearts would be open and ready to follow Him.
Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended Megh families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group.
Pray for the spiritual lives of the Megh people to become fruitful as they follow Christ.
Pray for the lives and culture of the Megh people to evidence the rule and reign of the Kingdom of God as they open to the gospel, and for the beauty of Jesus to be seen in them.

References
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17527/IN
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2010/10/12
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2012/09/15
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2008/10/16

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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:20,000
Largest States:
Haryana (9,100)Punjab (4,600)
Rajasthan (4,500)Jammu and Kashmir (1,500)
Delhi (20)Chandigarh (10)
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Megh (Sikh traditions)
People Name General: Megh (Sikh traditions)
Alternate People Names:
BhagatKabirpanthi
MeghbansiMeghwal
Mihaghमेघ (सिख ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 113640
Joshua Project People ID: 18133
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 20,000
Population all Countries: 20,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Sikh - other
People Name General: Megh (Sikh traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Punjabi, Eastern (7,700 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): pan    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Hindi (5,400)Marwari (1,200)
Haryanvi (900)Dogri (700)
Bagri (400)Shekhawati (200)
Mewari (90)Haroti: Harauti (40)
Dhundari (40)Bhadrawahi (30)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 12
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Other / Small
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small100.00 % 
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: 1818-1954
New Testament:
1815-2011Audio
Complete Bible: 1959-2021
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 Audio Scripture
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsRecorded oral Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Punjabi, Eastern
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralZume Resources
GeneralZume 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
Text / Printed MatterTopical Scripture booklets and Bible stu ...
 
 
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