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

People Name General Mallah, Hindu
People Name in Country Mallah, Hindu
Population in India 2,985,000
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
Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
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 (4,900) Garhwali (1,300)
Kumaoni (800) Bai, Southern (800) Malvi (600) Braj Bhasha (500)
Panjabi, Eastern (400) Kurux (200) Haryanvi (100) Surgujia (40)
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 4,900 Garhwali 1,300
Kumaoni 800 Bai, Southern 800
Malvi 600 Braj Bhasha 500
Panjabi, Eastern 400 Kurux 200
Haryanvi 100 Surgujia 40
Largest Religion Hinduism
0.00%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
Other / Small
Photo Source: Gerald Roberts
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl
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