Hingora in India

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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Hingora
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 400
World Population: 400
Primary Language: Kacchi
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: New Testament
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Hingora are a small Muslim group of pastoralists who live in the western Indian state of Gujarat. The Hingora were originally Hindus who converted to Islam during the Mughal period. The Hingora were nomads who moved their herds and flocks across west India searching for water and greenery for their animals. Now most have settled down and live in villages in the semi-arid plains of Gujarat. Some of the Hingora moved to Pakistan during the Partition of 1947. Most of the Hingora are illiterate or functionally illiterate. The main language of the Hingora is Kacchi. The New Testament and JESUS Film are available in this language. Many of the Hingora also speak Gujarati so they can communicate with outsiders.

Where Are they Located?

The Hingora people live in dry grasslands of the Kutch district of India's western state of Gujarat. There are a smaller number of them further west in Pakistan's Sindh Province.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The main occupation of the Hingora is animal husbandry. They take care of goats, sheep, camels and cattle. They sell meat, animals, milk and hides to others so they can buy things they cannot make for themselves such as tools, weapons, food and household items.

Life is hard for the Hingora. Many children must quit school after a few years to help their families make a living. If there is a drought or if a disease wipes out their herds, the Hingora can starve. Famers do not want the animals of the Hingora grazing on their lands.

The Hingora tend to marry within their group. They will marry others within the larger Samma peoples. Marriage is one spouse is the norm although a man may marry up to fours wives if he can afford them. Sons inherit property with the eldest son becoming the head of the family upon the death of his father. The Hingora are not vegetarians but as Muslims they will not eat pork. Their main food is grains, vegetables and dairy products.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Hingora people are Sunni, the largest branch of Islam. They believe that the One, Supreme God, Allah, spoken through his prophet, Mohammed, and taught mankind how to live a righteous life through the Koran and the Hadith. To live a righteous life, you must utter the Shahada (a statement of faith), pray five times a day facing Mecca, fast from sunup to sundown during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and make a pilgrimage to Mecca if you have the means. Muslims are prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, using deceit, slandering, and making idols. They gather for corporate prayer on Friday afternoons at a mosque, their place of worship.

The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah.

In most of the Muslim world, peoples like the Hingora 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. The often use charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces.

There are currently no known believers among the Hingora.

What Are Their Needs?

The Hingora need help in educating their children. Some Hingora villages lack electricity so the introduction of solar panels would help them. Some Hingora do not have access to modern medicine. Most of all, the Hingora need to hear and understand the message of Isa or Jesus Christ. He alone can make them right with the one, true God.

Prayer Points

Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the Hingora people in India.
Pray for the Hingora people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.
Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Hingora people to change their society from within.
Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers disciples to make more disciples.
Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Hingora communities.

Text Source:   Keith Carey