Mahishya in India

Population

9,408,000

Christian

0.23%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar


Introduction / History

The Mahishya or Sadgop people are also known as Chasa or Chasi. They live in West Bengal and surrounding states. The titles they use are Sarkar, Roy, Majumdar, Biswas, Mallik, Khan and Mandal. Sadgop have several gotras such as Sandilya, Kashyap, Bharadwaj, Moudgulya and Alambayan. In the Varna system, they are known as Vaisyas and as the members of Nabashakha group.

The name Sadgop is derived from the two Sanskrit words: 'Sad' means good and 'Gop' means milkman. They are believed to be the descendants of lord Krishna. The Sadgop are a land owning community. Agriculture is their traditional and primary occupation.

Rice and wheat are their staple food. They drink alcohol and chew tobacco locally known as Khaine and Guraku. Their mother tongue is Bengali. They are also conversant with the Hindi and Oriya languages.

Marriages are negotiated and monogamy is common among them. Married women have a significant role to play in the ritual performances. Women worship the goddess Lakshmi daily. The Sadgop are expert in Alpana or floor painting on pujas.

They propitiate Hari and Lakshmi as their family deities. Their village deities are Dharmaraj, Manasa and Shiva among others. Gaya and Vrindaban are their pilgrim centers. Durgapuja, Kalipuja and Dharmarajer are their major festivals.

Alternate names: Chasa, Chasi


Prayer Points

* For the salvation of the Sadgop people and that God may send several Christian workers among them and meet their spiritual and physical needs.
* For them to give up their dependence on alcohol and chewing tobacco.



Profile Source: India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar Copyrighted ©: Yes Used with permission
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Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country
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People Name General Mahishya
People Name in Country Mahishya
ROP3 Code 112811
Joshua Project People ID 17411
Indigenous Yes
Population in India 9,408,000
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names for People Group Chasa, Chasi, Chasidas, Haludas, Kaibartta, Mahisayadas, Sadgop,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bengali 6,509,355 Oriya 2,108,355 Assamese 551,267 Hindi 310,450
Kui 21,720 Mundari 11,790 Santhali 11,250 Maithili 8,840
Kurux 6,002 Ho 2,830 Kuvi 2,330 Bhojpuri 930
Andaman Creole Hindi 810 Juang 770 Kharia 590 Chhattisgarhi 440
Gondi, Northern 258 Munda 180 Koda 120 Magahi 110
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Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Name General Mahishya
Ethnic Code CNN25b
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Largest Religion Hinduism
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
0.23%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
0.00%
Hinduism
99.77%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
0.00%
Protestant
0.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
0.00%
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