Mallah (Hindu traditions) in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Subgroups: 17 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
Guria 106,000
Khulwant 106,000
Pandobi 106,000
Parbatikuria 106,000
Semaria 106,000
Sorahiya 104,000
Bathma 73,000
Agarwal 68,000
Banpar 43,000
Bin 43,000

Introduction / History

Mallah people of Uttar Pradesh usually go by the name of Nishad, which refers to a character from the Hindu myth the Ramayana. Nishad was a boatman in Prayag who ferried Ram, Sita and Laskman across the river. From this tale, the Nishad take pride and consider their occupation as boatmen along the holy Ganga river carrying Hindu devotees as a high calling or holy occupation. They take pride in their heritage, even though they are considered a backward caste.
They live along the major waterways of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, and West Bengal.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They are poor and mostly illiterate. They are involved in boating, fishing, and farming. They are strict about marrying within their own caste. The women are not often seen in public, although at times in Hindu pilgrimage areas you will see children and women of this caste selling flowers and incense for river worship purposes.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Mallah people are entirely Hindu in their religious practices. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews.


What Are Their Needs?

They have needs in education, health care and economic advancement.
While audio and visual Bible resources exist in Hindi, their spoken language, they do not have access to them. Disciples are need to bring these resources to them.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Mallah (Hindu traditions) in India.

* Pray for a gospel breakthrough that will lead Mallah people into eternal blessings.
* Pray for new, inventive, powerful outreaches to these people.
* Pray for gospel presentations through song and drama.
* Pray that discipleship groups will flourish among Mallah people resulting in a church planting movement.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-09-03
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-08-19
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-03-16
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-09-10
People Name General Mallah (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Mallah (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation mah-LAH
World Population 3,426,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 65
Alternate Names Gonrhi; Machhua; Machua; Mallar; Mandal; Muriari; Muriyari; Sureha; मल्लाह (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17432
ROP3 Code 112835
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster South Asia Hindu - other
People Group Mallah (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25
Total Subgroups 17 (only 15 largest shown)
  Guria 106,000
  Khulwant 106,000
  Pandobi 106,000
  Parbatikuria 106,000
  Semaria 106,000
  Sorahiya 104,000
  Bathma 73,000
  Agarwal 68,000
  Banpar 43,000
  Bin 43,000
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 12
Largest States
Bihar
1,633,000
Uttar Pradesh
1,342,000
Delhi
92,000
Jharkhand
70,000
West Bengal
50,000
Madhya Pradesh
40,000
Maharashtra
7,800
Chhattisgarh
3,700
Uttarakhand
3,600
Tripura
2,000
Punjab
1,100
Andaman and Nicobar
200
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 12
  Bihar 1,633,000
  Uttar Pradesh 1,342,000
  Delhi 92,000
  Jharkhand 70,000
  West Bengal 50,000
  Madhya Pradesh 40,000
  Maharashtra 7,800
  Chhattisgarh 3,700
  Uttarakhand 3,600
  Tripura 2,000
  Punjab 1,100
  Andaman and Nicobar 200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (1,972,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 19
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bhojpuri
837,000
Maithili
201,000
Bengali
58,000
Angika
51,000
Awadhi
33,000
Kanauji
31,000
Magahi
27,000
Bagheli
17,000
Bundeli
11,000
Chhattisgarhi
5,000
Braj Bhasha
1,900
Punjabi, Eastern
1,900
Garhwali
1,300
Marathi
1,200
Kumaoni
800
Primary Language Hindi (1,972,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 19
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bhojpuri 837,000
  Maithili 201,000
  Bengali 58,000
  Angika 51,000
  Awadhi 33,000
  Kanauji 31,000
  Magahi 27,000
  Bagheli 17,000
  Bundeli 11,000
  Chhattisgarhi 5,000
  Braj Bhasha 1,900
  Punjabi, Eastern 1,900
  Garhwali 1,300
  Marathi 1,200
  Kumaoni 800
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1835-2012)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Virtual Storehouse
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Hindi
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.01 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.96 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.02 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Gerald Roberts 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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