Mirasi, Hindu traditions in India

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






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Main Language


Introduction / History

The Mirasi are a caste living in the north of India. There are Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims amongst them. They are also called the Pakhwaji because of them playing the timbrel. The word Mirasi comes from the Arabic word Miras which means inheritance.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Mirasi of North India entertain at fairs in rural Punjab. Many are now laborers. Some have migrated to nearby states.

The Mirasi in Uttar Pradesh are in regions such as Meerut. They have a Caste Council who judge in disputes and see that the people behave as they should. They are Sunni Muslims but some worship Hindu deities and Sikh gurus. They speak Urdu and Hindi.

The Mirasi of Bihar have become farmers. Some sing songs at weddings. Many are Shia Muslims. They live in Bhagalpur and other regions of the state. They speak Magadhi and in Urdu.

The Mirasi of Rajasthan live in Bikaner and other regions. A lot of them are farming tenants now. They speak a form of Rajasthani.

The Mirasi in Haryana live in Mewat among other regions. Most work as laborers. They are regarded as being of lower status and suffer exclusion. They are endogamous, which means they do not marry outside their group. They speak in Haryanvi and Urdu.

In Delhi the Mirasi are musicians. They are Muslims. Many have small businesses such as vegetable selling.

In the Indian Punjab, the Mirasi are Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims. They speak in Punjabi and Urdu and are genealogists.

There are many sub groups among the Mirasi.

In the Pakistan Punjab, the Mirasi speak in Punjabi and Urdu. They are entertainers. Many are Muslims. They are in most places in the Punjab. Many are farm workers. Some are sales people. The well-educated are in government and military work also.

Prayer Points

* Pray that the Mirasi are given dreams and visions leading them to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that materials like the Jesus film lead them to Salvation too.



Profile Source:   Anonymous  

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People Name General Mirasi, Hindu traditions
People Name in Country Mirasi, Hindu traditions
Population in India 170,000
World Population 170,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Baisi, Bhand, Charan, Charan Bhat, Dhadhi, Dhadi, Dhagri, Dum, Gathala, Halwe, Hurkiya, Kalawant, Kuchra, Langah, Merasi, Mir, Miralm, Nagarchi, Pakwadji, Pakwaji, Ranwal, Shaikh, Shilpakar, Shilpkar, Simrachhukar, Tasbirdar
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Punjabi
People Name General Mirasi, Hindu traditions
Ethnic Code CNN25n
People ID 17562
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:  13  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (82,000) Haryana (66,000) Chandigarh (9,400) Himachal Pradesh (6,000)
Uttarakhand (4,300) Rajasthan (1,200) Jammu and Kashmir (700) Delhi (300)
Gujarat (100) Uttar Pradesh (70) Maharashtra (50) Daman and Diu (30)
Karnataka (20)
Total States on file:  13  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (82,000) Haryana (66,000)
Chandigarh (9,400) Himachal Pradesh (6,000)
Uttarakhand (4,300) Rajasthan (1,200)
Jammu and Kashmir (700) Delhi (300)
Gujarat (100) Uttar Pradesh (70)
Maharashtra (50) Daman and Diu (30)
Karnataka (20)
Languages & Dialects on file:  19  (up to 20 largest shown)
Panjabi, Eastern (75,000) Hindi (69,000) Haryanvi (10,000) Bagri (3,400)
Kangri (2,900) Kumaoni (2,400) Mewari (700) Pahari, Mahasu (600)
Chambeali (500) Marwari (400) Bilaspuri (300) Mandeali (300)
Ladakhi (100) Gujarati (100) Kashmiri (100) Bhattiyali (100)
Balti (100) Pahari, Kullu (60) Sirmauri (30)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Panjabi, Eastern 75,000 Hindi 69,000
Haryanvi 10,000 Bagri 3,400
Kangri 2,900 Kumaoni 2,400
Mewari 700 Pahari, Mahasu 600
Chambeali 500 Marwari 400
Bilaspuri 300 Mandeali 300
Ladakhi 100 Gujarati 100
Kashmiri 100 Bhattiyali 100
Balti 100 Pahari, Kullu 60
Sirmauri 30
For Primary Language: Panjabi, Eastern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1818-1954)
New Testament Yes   (1815-2011)
Complete Bible Yes   (1959-2002)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Panjabi, Eastern Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Online Scripture (Talking Bibles) Audio Recordings
Oral Bible Audio Recordings
Sikh Punjabi Language Film Film / Video
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.17 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.83 %
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 %
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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