Merat, Hindu traditions in India

Joshua Project has identified the Merat, Hindu traditions only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


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

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People Name General Merat, Hindu traditions
People Name in Country Merat, Hindu traditions
Population in India 46,000
World Population 46,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Maher, Mand, Mehar, Mer, Mewati, Mhed
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Merat, Hindu traditions
Ethnic Code CNN25g
People ID 17535
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:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (44,000) Gujarat (1,300)
Total States on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (44,000) Gujarat (1,300)
Languages & Dialects on file:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (41,000) Marwari (1,700) Gujarati (1,300) Braj Bhasha (1,200)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 41,000 Marwari 1,700
Gujarati 1,300 Braj Bhasha 1,200
For Primary Language: 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, JF Project) 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 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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