Mirasi (Sikh traditions) in India

Mirasi (Sikh traditions)
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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Mirasi (Sikh traditions)
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 2,200
World Population: 2,200
Primary Language: Punjabi, Eastern
Primary Religion: Other / Small
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Sikh - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
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Introduction / History

They are also called Pakhwaji, because of they play the timbrel. The word Mirasi comes from the Arabic word "miras" which means inheritance. There are many sub groups among them.

Where Are they Located?

Mirasi people are a caste living in the north parts of India. Some have migrated to nearby states. Mirasi in Uttar Pradesh are in regions such as Meerut. They live in most places in India's Punjab state.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Mirasi people entertain at fairs and sing at weddings. Many are laborers, and farming tenants, and also sell vegetables. The well-educated work in government, serve in the military and do research for genealogies.

They have a caste council to judge in disputes and make sure that the people behave as they should. Mirasi people do not marry outside their group. They speak Magadhi, Urdu, Rajasthani, Punjabi, and Hindi.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Mirasi people can be Muslim, Hindu or Sikh. Sikhism blends certain tenets of Islam and Hinduism, and they have their own scriptures, in the form of a book they worship.

What Are Their Needs?

One can only imagine the spiritual confusion involved with three major religions within their families and communities.
Bible resources exist in Urdu and Hindi, but Mirasi people remain an unreached people group.
The need open hearts to hear God's answers to their spiritual problems.

Prayer Points

* Pray that Mirasi Sikh people will be liberated by God's Holy Spirit from the many ties that bind them to lives devoid of Christ's blessings.
* Pray that Mirasi Sikhs will see past their respective traditional worship to the futility of it all and experience a growing desire to know the truth of God's Word.
* Pray for the Lord to multiply the reception and influence of His Word among the Mirasi Sikhs, leading them to love Him with their whole being.
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to anoint Mirasi Sikh families, especially the children and youth, and to raise up a new generation of fruitful, multiplying witnesses of Christ's mercy and love.

Text Source:   Karen Hightower