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Valmiki (Balmiki) Mehtar in India

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
118,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.70 % Unknown   

Valmiki (Balmiki) Mehtar in India

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Introduction / History
The Mehtar are a scheduled caste. Hinduism is their religion. Though their education level is improving it is on the low side, so the gospel will need to be given in oral form too. The word Mehtar means prince or leader. Their traditional work and now too is scavenging and sweeping.

In Andhra Pradesh the Mehtar speak Hindi and Telugu. They are not vegetarians but do not eat eat beef. They eat wheat and rice as cereals. Some of them work for the government.

In Bihar they speak Hindi and Angika. They use modern medicines when they can afford it.

In Karnataka the Mehtar speak Hindi and Kannada. They have cousin marriages among themselves.

The Mehtar live in Orissa and other states too.

Prayer Points
* Pray that Indian Christians will lead them to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that gospel recordings will lead them to salvation.

Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999

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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:118,000
Largest States:
Gujarat (25,000)Maharashtra (25,000)
Madhya Pradesh (23,000)Rajasthan (17,000)
Bihar (9,600)Chhattisgarh (8,000)
Uttar Pradesh (6,200)Jharkhand (2,500)
Uttarakhand (900)Karnataka (500)
Total States on file:14
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People Name in Country: Valmiki (Balmiki) Mehtar
People Name General: Valmiki (Balmiki) Mehtar
Alternate People Names:
MalkanaMalkana Mehtar
MehtarMelkana Mehtar
ROP3 Code: 118287
Joshua Project People ID: 21471
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 118,000
Population all Countries: 118,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - Valmiki
People Name General: Valmiki (Balmiki) Mehtar
Ethnic Code: CNN25g
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Hindi (69,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): hin    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Gujarati (18,000)Marathi (6,900)
Chhattisgarhi (4,900)Merwari (4,800)
Dhundari (3,300)Malvi (1,000)
Shekhawati (900)Maithili (800)
Konkani (600)Bhojpuri (600)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 29
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.06 % 
Christianity0.70 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.06 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.18 % 
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: 1806-1962
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1818-2000
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoA Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / VideoCoconuts
Film / VideoCreation to Christ
Film / VideoFather's Love Letter
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoRivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
GeneralYeshu Samaj
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible
Text / Printed MatterBible: Hindi Holy Bible
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterChrist for the Nations
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterHindi Bible
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Valmiki (Balmiki) Mehtar in India

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    South Asia Dalit - Valmiki     Asia, South    
      Valmiki (Balmiki) Mehtar India    
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