Merat, Muslim in India






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The Greatest Sacrifice

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Introduction / History

The Merat of India are Rajputs and they live in Rajasthan. They are also called Merat-Kathat. They speak Marwari, Urdu and Hindi.

What are Their Lives Like?

The Merat have four subdivisions. They speak in Marwari with each other. They have village elders who judge in community matters and they give fines to those found guilty.

The Merat are farmers but they do not have large pieces of land. Many work as laborers. Their traditions are a mixture of Islam and Hinduism. The Merat are exogamous, which means they do not marry outside their group. They have descended from Rao Meraji Chauhan who had two sons who were recognized when in the army for their bravery.

The Merat read and write in Devanagari. They are not vegetarians but do not eat beef or pork. They eat potatoes and other vegetables. Wheat is a main cereal that they eat. The Merat like milk and dairy products and they drink tea. The men sometimes drink alcohol but not often. The Merat smoke Bidi and chew Betel leaves. They have special foods for festivals.

What are Their Beliefs?

For some of them their religion is Islam and for others it is Hinduism. This could be an obstacle with there being two religions here.

Prayer Points

* Pray that Christian literature and recordings will bring the Merat to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that God will give the Merat dreams and visions leading them to Salvation as is happening to many Muslims and Hindus.

People of India: Rajasthan, K. S. Singh, ed. Popular Prakashan, 1998

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Merat, Muslim
People Name in Country Merat, Muslim
Population in India 286,000
World Population 366,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Kathak, Mer, Mer Kathak, Mera, Merat Kathat, Meri, Mewati
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Punjabi
People Name General Merat, Muslim
Ethnic Code CNN25r
People ID 17532
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  3  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (173,000) Rajasthan (114,000) Uttarakhand (600)
Total States on file:  3  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (173,000) Rajasthan (114,000)
Uttarakhand (600)
Languages & Dialects on file:  14  (up to 20 largest shown)
Urdu (207,000) Merwari (35,000) Marwari (25,000) Dhundari (6,500)
Awadhi (3,700) Mewari (2,800) Hindi (2,000) Kanauji (900)
Bhojpuri (800) Haroti: Harauti (600) Shekhawati (400) Bagri (100)
Bundeli (100) Garhwali (50)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Urdu 207,000 Merwari 35,000
Marwari 25,000 Dhundari 6,500
Awadhi 3,700 Mewari 2,800
Hindi 2,000 Kanauji 900
Bhojpuri 800 Haroti: Harauti 600
Shekhawati 400 Bagri 100
Bundeli 100 Garhwali 50
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1747-1894)
New Testament Yes   (1758-2000)
Complete Bible Yes   (1843-1998)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Easy to Read (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Pakistan Bible Society (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Audio Recordings Urdu Bible stories
Audio Recordings Urdu Online Audio Bible
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Urdu
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video Urdu Language Film
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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