Mochi, Muslim traditions in Bangladesh






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

If you were to purchase any sort of saddle or leather shoes in the area of northern India and Nepal, chances are good that it was put together by a Mochi. The name "Mochi" comes from the Sanskrit mochika and the Hindi word Mojna which mean "to fold." While the Chamars would do the initial slaughtering and preparation of the cattle hide, the Mochis are the ones who typically do the finishing work on the leather items.

In Hindu cultures like we find in Nepal, people are given low status for doing menial or unpleasant work, especially anything having to do with dead animals. This attitude spills over to the Muslim peoples. For this reason, the Chamars have very low status. The Mochis are somewhat more respected than the Chamars. There has been a long running competition between the two groups for superiority. However, in some areas the two groups are indistinguishable.

Educational standards are quite low for the Mochis with the literacy rate at no more than 15 per cent. Their customs allow for polygamy, but they do not widely practice it. Sons usually marry at around age 17, while daughters marry sooner. Mochis usually marry off their daughters earlier than Chamars.

Prayer Points

* Pray that the Church will begin connecting with Mochi Muslims.
* Pray for a harvest of souls among the Mochi Muslims.

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People Name General Mochi, Muslim traditions
People Name in Country Mochi, Muslim traditions
Population in Bangladesh 7,400
World Population 3,646,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Charaikar, Das, Dhapal, Jatia, Machi, Mukeri, Rabidas, Raighar, Ramdasi, Raudari, Ravida, Rehgar, Rishi, Ruidas, Sajgar, Sochi, Sonani
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Punjabi
People Name General Mochi, Muslim traditions
Ethnic Code CNN25r
People ID 17625
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 43  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  3  (up to 20 largest shown)
Khulna (4,000) Rajshahi (2,900) Barisal (600)
Total States on file:  3  (up to 20 largest shown)
Khulna (4,000) Rajshahi (2,900)
Barisal (600)

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Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bengali (7,500)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bengali 7,500
For Primary Language: Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1800-1980)
New Testament Yes   (1801-1984)
Complete Bible Yes   (1809-2000)
Audio Bible Online
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Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bengali Bible stories Audio Recordings
Bengali Language Film Film / Video
Bible Visuals General
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Bible: Mussulmani-Bangla, Kitabul Mukkados Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Standard Bangla Common Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: কিতাবুল মোকাদ্দস Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Christ for the Nations Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
Four Spiritual Laws General
General Ministry Resources Film / Video
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Bengali Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
Primary Religion: Islam

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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
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Roman Catholic
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Photo Source: Naveed Akhtar  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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