Manihar in Pakistan


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

Introduction / History

The Manihar have a name derived from two Sanskrit words, mana and kara. Mana meaning “precious stone” and kara meaning “maker.” Therefore, the Manihar have been known for their occupation of making and selling glass, lac or ivory bangles for many years.
Over half of a million Manihar are spread over Pakistan, north India and Nepal. They can be found in nine different zones of Nepal.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The business of making and selling of bangles has long been the livelihood of Manihar communities. Due to the limited availability of elephant tusks for ivory, many bangles and beads now are manufactured in plastics. Today some Manihar take other jobs including tailoring. The literacy rate among the Manihar tends to be low. They speak primary Nepali and use Urdu and Bhojpuri in Nepal and mainly Urdu and Hindi in India. Siddiqi is a common surname.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They are Sunni Muslims. Sunni religious practices are staid and simple. They believe that Allah has pre-determined our fates; they minimize free will.
In most of the Muslim world, people depend on the spirit world for their daily needs since they regard Allah as too distant. Allah may determine their eternal salvation, but the spirits determine how well we live in our daily lives. For that reason, they must appease the spirits. They often use charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces. and tend to share foods with other Muslim families but traditionally do not allow marriage outside their community.


What Are Their Needs?

In India workers are just beginning to work among the larger populations but in Pakistan the work has yet to begin. Pray for individuals with a Muslim background that can begin work among them in this Hindu background nation.


Prayer Points

Pray for the authority of Christ to bind hindering spiritual forces to lead them from darkness to light.
Pray for signs and wonders among them and for great breakthroughs with a rapid multiplication of disciples and house churches.
Pray for bold workers who are driven by the love of the Holy Spirit to go to them.
Pray for an unstoppable movement to Christ among the Manihar people in Pakistan.


Scripture Prayers for the Manihar in Pakistan.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Manihar
People Name in Country Manihar
Pronunciation mahn-ee-HAR
Population this Country 74,000
Population all Countries 749,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Chudigar; Churigar; Churihar; Churihara; Churiwala; Gangapati; Ishani; Kachchhani; Kachera; Kanchar; Kanchera; Ladani; Lakhari; Lakhera; Lakheri; Lalchera; Mangnyar; Mangnyar Muslim; Maniar; Pandiyar Manihar; Shekhawati; Shishgar; Sishgar; मनिहार
People ID 17446
ROP3 Code 112851
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 4
Largest States
Sindh
44,000
Punjab
28,000
Islamabad
400
Balochistan
40
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 4
  Sindh 44,000
  Punjab 28,000
  Islamabad 400
  Balochistan 40
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Sindhi (25,000 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
Urdu
16,000
Saraiki
15,000
Punjabi, Western
14,000
Dhatki
1,000
Marwari
1,000
Kacchi
500
Bagri
400
Hindko, Southern
300
Pahari-Potwari
300
Primary Language Sindhi (25,000 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
  Urdu 16,000
  Saraiki 15,000
  Punjabi, Western 14,000
  Dhatki 1,000
  Marwari 1,000
  Kacchi 500
  Bagri 400
  Hindko, Southern 300
  Pahari-Potwari 300
People Groups Speaking Sindhi
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
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