Meo (Hindu traditions) in India


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Introduction / History

The Meo people have a Rajput background, so they once served in the military. Most are Muslim, but there is also a Hindu community among them. The Meo people live in some of the least reached parts of north-central India. In Rajasthan, the Meo speak Mewati and read and write in Devanagari. In Haryana the Meo speak Haryanvi.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Agriculture and working with livestock are their main occupations. Many of them are day laborers. Their marriages are between one man and one woman. They allow for divorce. In Madhya Pradesh the Meo usually marry their cousins. Property goes to the sons when the father dies. Traditional councils settle their disputes.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Meo people have a strong Muslim community, but there is also a Hindu equivalent. Though there is not likely to be marriage between members of both communities, they tend to blend their religious rituals.


What Are Their Needs?

The Meo people need to have the chance to enjoy all the blessings of Jesus Christ, but they live in parts of India where His name is seldom proclaimed.


Prayer Points

Pray that the traditional council leaders of the Meo will come to Jesus Christ and lead their entire community into a Christ-ward movement. Pray that God will give them dreams and visions leading them to put their faith in the One who came to give life to the full.


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


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Meo (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Meo (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation MAY-oh
Alternate Names Koli Samaj; Me; Mes; Meta; Mewati; Wadha Koli; Wadha-Koli; मीयो (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
Population this Country 322,000
Population all Countries 329,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 6
People ID 17531
ROP3 Code 112953
ROP25 Code 305406
ROP25 Name Meo / Mewati
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 9
Largest States
Haryana
167,000
Delhi
123,000
Punjab
15,000
Rajasthan
7,400
Uttar Pradesh
5,400
Uttarakhand
500
Gujarat
300
Chandigarh
300
Himachal Pradesh
200
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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 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 9
  Haryana 167,000
  Delhi 123,000
  Punjab 15,000
  Rajasthan 7,400
  Uttar Pradesh 5,400
  Uttarakhand 500
  Gujarat 300
  Chandigarh 300
  Himachal Pradesh 200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
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 Hindi (208,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
Mewari
46,000
Punjabi, Eastern
11,000
Haryanvi
4,100
Bagri
1,200
Dhundari
800
Garhwali
400
Kacchi
300
Kangri
40
Primary Language Hindi (208,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
  Mewari 46,000
  Punjabi, Eastern 11,000
  Haryanvi 4,100
  Bagri 1,200
  Dhundari 800
  Garhwali 400
  Kacchi 300
  Kangri 40
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  (1818-2022)
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey 
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