Meo (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan


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* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Introduction / History

Hindu Meo people have a Rajput background, so they once served in the military. The vast majority of them live in northern India, though a small number are in Pakistan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Meo people work as livestock farmers and are famous all over India for their cattle breeding. Many of them are day laborers. Some Meo own trucking businesses while some are in government service, including the military and police. Others work as skilled and unskilled daily wage laborers. A small number are plumbers and electricians, and some are known for their basketry. Their marriages are between one man and one woman. They allow for divorce. Property goes to the sons when the father dies. Traditional councils settle their disputes.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Meo people represent a blending of Hinduism and Islam. Most profess beliefs of Islam, but the roots of their community are in their Hindu past, and some remain Hindu. They attempt serving the gods of both religions, abiding by both sets of laws. No historical records are available to explain when their conversion to Islam happened or why; it is generally believed they embraced Islam in the seventeenth century.


What Are Their Needs?

The Meo people, be they Hindu, Muslim or somewhere in between, do not have access to the grace of Jesus Christ until someone tells them. Pakistan is very opposed to the spread of the gospel to any community.


Prayer Points

Pray for spiritual discernment and hunger among the Meo people in Pakistan. Pray for God to make a way for the Hindu Meo people in Pakistan to hear and respond to the gospel. Pray for a Disciple Making Movement among the Hindu Meo people in Pakistan. Pray for loving and courageous workers to go to them in both India and Pakistan.


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


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meo_(ethnic_group)
https://peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/meo/


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

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 6,700
Population all Countries 329,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 17531
ROP3 Code 112953
ROP25 Code 305406
ROP25 Name Meo / Mewati
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 7  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 7  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Sindh 6,600
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 Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Sindhi (4,600 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
Dhatki
1,500
Saraiki
300
Punjabi, Western
200
Primary Language Sindhi (4,600 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
  Dhatki 1,500
  Saraiki 300
  Punjabi, Western 200
People Groups Speaking Sindhi

Primary Language:  Sindhi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1825-1981)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1890-1992)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1954)
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Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Sindhi Jesus Film Project
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Film / Video The Hope Video Mars Hill Media
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Mobile App Android Bible app: Sindhi YouVersion Bibles
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Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Sindhi Literacy & Evangelism International
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies World Missionary Press
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
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