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.
* 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
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