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Mochi (Sikh traditions) in India

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

Mochi (Sikh traditions) in India

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Introduction / History
The Mochi people of India have traditionally been makers of shoes, boots, saddles, and handbags. This association with leather has given them low status in this part of the world where cows are sacred. That low status applies to both Hindu and Sikh Mochi. The literacy level of the Mochi has is low, under 20%. While the vast majority of Mochi are Hindus or Muslims, a small group is Sikh. Some Sikh Mochi are landless agricultural workers. Most Sikh Mochi speak Eastern Punjabi and Hindi.

Where are they located?
The Sikh Mochi live in two districts inside of Punjab state, and in Haryana and in Delhi.

What are their lives like?
The Mochi live challenging lives by Western standards. They often live at the poverty level with little chance of moving upward in Indian society. Mochi children frequently drop out of school to help support their families. Some Sikh boys are starting to finish elementary school and go on to secondary school and universities. School is an expense that many Mochi families cannot afford.

The Sikh Mochi marry only within their group but not within their particular clan. Families arrange marriages with the consent of the young people. Married women wear glass bangles, nose studs, toe rings, and a special necklace.

The Sikh Mochi are non-vegetarians but will not eat beef and sometimes pork. Their main foods are rice, maize, wheat, millet with some vegetables and fruit. Often meat and milk products are reserved for holidays. Many Mochi men drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes.

What are their beliefs?
Though most Mochis are Hindus, there are some Sikhs among them. Sikhism originated from a 15th century teacher named Guru Nanak Dev as a reform movement. He rejected the 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 venerate their holy book, the Granth Sahib, which is a collection of hymns.

What are their needs?
The Mochi need to see that their Sikh rituals and works will not get them right with a holy, personal God. They need to see Christianity demonstrated to them in practical ways, for example, helping them with their medical and the educational needs of their children. Most of all, they need to see that it is only in Jesus Christ that their sins can be forgiven.

Prayer Points
Pray for the Mochi people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.
Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Mochi people to change their society from within.
Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers Sikh background disciples to make more disciples.


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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:700
Largest States:
Punjab (300)Haryana (200)
Delhi (200)Chandigarh (50)
Rajasthan (10)
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People Name in Country: Mochi (Sikh traditions)
People Name General: Mochi (Sikh traditions)
Alternate People Names:
Rehgarमोची (सिख ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 113642
Joshua Project People ID: 18135
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 700
Population all Countries: 700
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Sikh - other
People Name General: Mochi (Sikh traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
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Primary Language: Punjabi, Eastern (600 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): pan    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Hindi (30)
Total Languages: 2
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:
Complete Bible: 1959-2021
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