Mallah (Hindu traditions) in Nepal


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

Subgroups: 14 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
Sorahiya 5,400
Agarwal 2,500
Bathma 2,500
Khulwant 2,400
Guria 2,300
Parbatikuria 2,000
Pandobi 1,900
Semaria 1,500
Nikhad 1,200
Banpar 1,000

Introduction / History

The Mallah of Uttar Pradesh often go by the name of Nishad, which refers to a character from the Hindu myth the Ramayana. Nishad was a boatman in Prayag (Allahabad UP) who ferried Ram, Sita and Laskman across the river. From this tale, the Nishad 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. Mallah are the traditional fishermen and boatmen of India and neighboring countries.


Where Are they Located?

Most Mallah individuals live in India, but there are also sizable communities in Nepal, Bangladesh, and Pakistan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Mallah people are usually poor and often illiterate. They are involved in boating and some fishing and sometimes in 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 such as Allahabad or Benares, you will see children and women of this caste selling flowers and incense for river worship purposes.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Though most Mallah are Hindu, there are many who are Muslim. There is no founder for Hinduism as there is for Buddhism, Islam or Christianity. There is often a thin line between what is Hindu and what is traditional animistic religion. There are millions of deities that Hindus might worship; they tend to focus on those they believe will benefit them the most. For this reason, it is safe to say that Hindu Mallah people worship Hindu gods that they believe will provide safety and prosperity.


What Are Their Needs?

They have lacks in literacy, education, health, family planning, and economic advancement. All Mallah people need the chance to have a relationship with Jesus Christ and to become part of His holy family.


Prayer Points

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

* Pray for the Holy Spirit to move among Mallah families and community leaders to seek His face and enjoy His blessings.
* Pray for the Lord to raise up workers who will be led to nurture disciple making movement within Mallah communities througout South Asia.
* Pray that soon Mallah people will have joy and faith that will be contagious; giving their neighbors a desire to follow Christ.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17432/NP
https://peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/mallah/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mallaah


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Mallah (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Mallah (Hindu traditions)
World Population 3,426,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 3
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 14
  Sorahiya 5,400
  Agarwal 2,500
  Bathma 2,500
  Khulwant 2,400
  Guria 2,300
  Parbatikuria 2,000
  Pandobi 1,900
  Semaria 1,500
  Nikhad 1,200
  Banpar 1,000
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 32  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 13
Largest States
Narayani
51,000
Janakpur
38,000
Sagarmatha
28,000
Lumbini
23,000
Kosi
16,000
Bheri
5,800
Mechi
1,900
Bagmati
500
Seti
400
Gandaki
200
Mahakali
60
Rapti
60
Karnali
20
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 32  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 13
  Narayani 51,000
  Janakpur 38,000
  Sagarmatha 28,000
  Lumbini 23,000
  Kosi 16,000
  Bheri 5,800
  Mechi 1,900
  Bagmati 500
  Seti 400
  Gandaki 200
  Mahakali 60
  Rapti 60
  Karnali 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Maithili (108,000 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri
51,000
Awadhi
10,000
Angika
2,000
Magahi
1,000
Nepali
500
Hindi
400
Rangpuri
200
Bengali
200
Primary Language Maithili (108,000 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri 51,000
  Awadhi 10,000
  Angika 2,000
  Magahi 1,000
  Nepali 500
  Hindi 400
  Rangpuri 200
  Bengali 200
People Groups Speaking Maithili

Primary Language:  Maithili

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1986-2010)
Bible-Complete No
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 Oral Bible stories in Maithili
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Good News
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Maithili
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible: jivən səndesh
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.09 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.24 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.64 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.03 %
* From latest Nepal 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 Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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