Mallah, Hindu in India






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Introduction / History

The Mallah of Uttar Pradesh usually go by the name of Nishad, which refers to a character from the Hindu myth the Ramayana. Nishad was a boatman in Prayag (Allahabad UP) who ferried Ram, Sita and Laskman across the river. From this tale, the Nishad take pride and consider their occupation as boatmen along the holy Ganga river carrying Hindu devotees as a high calling or holy occupation. They take pride in their heritage, even though they are considered a backward caste.

Where Are they Located?

They live along the major waterways of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They are poor and mostly illiterate. They are involved in boating and some fishing and sometimes in farming. They are strict about marrying within their own caste. The women are not often seen in public, although at times in Hindu pilgrimage areas such as Allahabad or Benares, you will see children and women of this caste selling flowers and incense for river worship purposes.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They are Hindu.

What Are Their Needs?

They have lacks in literacy, education, health and family planning and economic advancement.

Prayer Points

* They are constantly exposed to the rituals of Hinduism due to being located in the 'sacred' regions visited heavily by Hindu devotees and pilgrims. Pray for their minds to be prepared to hear Truth!
* Pray for a breakthrough of the Gospel in their history.
* Pray for new, inventive, powerful outreaches to these people.
* Pray for Gospel presentations through song and drama.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-09-03
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-08-19
People Name General Mallah, Hindu
People Name in Country Mallah, Hindu
Population in India 3,313,000
World Population 3,499,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Gonrhi, Machhua, Machua, Mallar, Mandal, Muriari, Muriyari, Sureha
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Mallah, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN25c
People ID 17432
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  12  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bihar (1,711,000) Uttar Pradesh (1,318,000) Delhi (78,000) Jharkhand (76,000)
West Bengal (73,000) Madhya Pradesh (41,000) Maharashtra (7,200) Chhattisgarh (3,700)
Uttarakhand (3,600) Tripura (2,000) Andaman and Nicobar (200) Punjab (50)
Total States on file:  12  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bihar (1,711,000) Uttar Pradesh (1,318,000)
Delhi (78,000) Jharkhand (76,000)
West Bengal (73,000) Madhya Pradesh (41,000)
Maharashtra (7,200) Chhattisgarh (3,700)
Uttarakhand (3,600) Tripura (2,000)
Andaman and Nicobar (200) Punjab (50)
Languages & Dialects on file:  20  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (2,016,000) Bhojpuri (832,000) Maithili (151,000) Bengali (75,000)
Angika (51,000) Awadhi (33,000) Kanauji (30,000) Magahi (20,000)
Bagheli (14,000) Bundeli (6,800) Chhattisgarhi (5,500) Garhwali (1,300)
Braj Bhasha (1,200) Kumaoni (800) Malvi (600) Panjabi, Eastern (400)
Kurux (200) Haryanvi (100) Nepali Oriya
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 2,016,000 Bhojpuri 832,000
Maithili 151,000 Bengali 75,000
Angika 51,000 Awadhi 33,000
Kanauji 30,000 Magahi 20,000
Bagheli 14,000 Bundeli 6,800
Chhattisgarhi 5,500 Garhwali 1,300
Braj Bhasha 1,200 Kumaoni 800
Malvi 600 Panjabi, Eastern 400
Kurux 200 Haryanvi 100
Nepali 0 Oriya 0

For Main Lanugage: Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Christ for the Nations Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Film / Video
Following Jesus (India) Film / Video
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
Hindi Bible Text / Printed Matter
Hindi Bible stories Audio Recordings
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Hindi Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
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Ethnic Religions
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100.00 %
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0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
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Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
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Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Gerald Roberts  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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