Mochi, Muslim traditions in India






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.

Video Links:
The Greatest Sacrifice
People Name General Mochi, Muslim traditions
People Name in Country Mochi, Muslim traditions
Population in India 70,000
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 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:  15  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (22,000) Gujarat (20,000) Madhya Pradesh (9,200) West Bengal (6,000)
Jammu and Kashmir (3,800) Punjab (3,600) Jharkhand (1,200) Bihar (1,100)
Haryana (800) Telangana (700) Uttarakhand (700) Himachal Pradesh (300)
Chandigarh (200) Daman and Diu (20) Karnataka (20)
Total States on file:  15  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (22,000) Gujarat (20,000)
Madhya Pradesh (9,200) West Bengal (6,000)
Jammu and Kashmir (3,800) Punjab (3,600)
Jharkhand (1,200) Bihar (1,100)
Haryana (800) Telangana (700)
Uttarakhand (700) Himachal Pradesh (300)
Chandigarh (200) Daman and Diu (20)
Karnataka (20)

No people group map currently available. Use the above button to submit a map.

Enthologue Language Map

Ethnolinguistic map from University of Texas or other map

Languages & Dialects on file:  19  (up to 20 largest shown)
Urdu (37,000) Gujarati (18,000) Bengali (5,200) Panjabi, Eastern (3,600)
Kashmiri (800) Bhojpuri (800) Dogri (700) Saraiki (500)
Bhadrawahi (300) Telugu (300) Hindi: Hindustani (300) Bundeli (200)
Awadhi (200) Bagri (100) Malvi (100) Garhwali (70)
Maithili (60) Kangri (20) Nepali
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Urdu 37,000 Gujarati 18,000
Bengali 5,200 Panjabi, Eastern 3,600
Kashmiri 800 Bhojpuri 800
Dogri 700 Saraiki 500
Bhadrawahi 300 Telugu 300
Hindi: Hindustani 300 Bundeli 200
Awadhi 200 Bagri 100
Malvi 100 Garhwali 70
Maithili 60 Kangri 20
For Primary Language: Urdu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1747-1894)
New Testament Yes   (1758-2000)
Complete Bible Yes   (1843-1998)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Revised Urdu Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bible: UGV Devanagari Text / Printed Matter
Bible: اردو جیو ورژن Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Text / Printed Matter
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Urdu Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online New Testament - Easy to Read (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online New Testament - Pakistan Bible Society (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
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 %
Photo Source: Naveed Akhtar  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

Copyright © 2015 Joshua Project.  A ministry of Frontier Ventures.