Machhi (Hindu traditions) in India


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

Introduction / History

The traditional occupation of the Machhi is fishing, which continues to be their primary source of livelihood.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Child marriage is prevalent among the Machhi. Property is usually shared by the sons, but a widow receives a 12% share of her husband's property. Their attitude towards formal education of both boys and girls is favorable.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Machhi people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. 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.

Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

The polytheistic worldview of the Hindu Macchi makes it difficult to accept a creator God who stands outside his creation, who created the universe at a point in time.


Prayer Points

Pray for laborers to sow God's word to persons and households of peace, which will in turn catalyze movements to Christ among the Machhi people.

Pray that new Machhi believers will live holy lives and disciple others in the faith.

Pray for the Machhi community to be able to properly support their families, having adequate incomes.

Pray they will be able to adjust to the rapidly changing conditions of the 21st century.


Scripture Prayers for the Machhi (Hindu traditions) in India.


References

http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2020/03/18


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-08-20
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-03-18
People Name General Machhi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Machhi (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation mah-CHEE
Population this Country 933,000
Population all Countries 936,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 19
Alternate Names Bitna; Dhimar; Dhivar; Kahar; Khalasi; Kharva; Kharvi; Kharwal; Macchiyara; Machchhi; Machhi; Machhiyara; Machhua; Machiyar; Mahigar; Mali; Mangela; Marar; Mitna Machi; Mitra; Mucchia; Sarang; Tandel; मच्ची (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17502
ROP3 Code 112918
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 10
Largest States
Gujarat
311,000
Haryana
290,000
Maharashtra
242,000
Punjab
76,000
Chandigarh
2,800
Daman and Diu
1,500
Madhya Pradesh
1,100
Dadra and Nagar Have
900
Himachal Pradesh
500
Jammu and Kashmir
40
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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 10
  Gujarat 311,000
  Haryana 290,000
  Maharashtra 242,000
  Punjab 76,000
  Chandigarh 2,800
  Daman and Diu 1,500
  Madhya Pradesh 1,100
  Dadra and Nagar Have 900
  Himachal Pradesh 500
  Jammu and Kashmir 40
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.11 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.02 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.87 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Gujarati (293,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
Hindi
238,000
Marathi
122,000
Punjabi, Eastern
59,000
Haryanvi
36,000
Konkani
27,000
Bagri
6,400
Kacchi
900
Braj Bhasha
300
Mandeali
200
Malvi
100
Pahari, Mahasu
40
Dogri
40
Primary Language Gujarati (293,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 238,000
  Marathi 122,000
  Punjabi, Eastern 59,000
  Haryanvi 36,000
  Konkani 27,000
  Bagri 6,400
  Kacchi 900
  Braj Bhasha 300
  Mandeali 200
  Malvi 100
  Pahari, Mahasu 40
  Dogri 40
People Groups Speaking Gujarati

Primary Language:  Gujarati

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Bible-New Testament Yes  (1820-1985)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1823-2021)
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