Mochi, Muslim in Pakistan

Population

3,326,000

Christian

0.00%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey


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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Country Pakistan
Continent Asia
Region Central Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country
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People Name General Mochi, Muslim
People Name in Country Mochi, Muslim
ROP3 Code 113060
Joshua Project People ID 17625
Indigenous Yes
Population in Pakistan 3,326,000
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names for People Group Charaikar, Das, Dhapal, Jatia, Machi, Mukeri, Rabidas, Raighar, Ramdasi, Raudari, Ravida, Rehgar, Rishi, Ruidas, Sajgar, Sochi, Sonani,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Panjabi, Western 2,711,100 Urdu 291,200 Seraiki 210,340 Sindhi 73,120
Hindko, Southern 49,340 Hindko, Northern 31,200 Marwari 9,300 Bagri 8,560
Goaria 6,160 Shina, Kohistani 6,020 Koli, Wadiyara 2,400 Koli, Parkari 1,760
Kashmiri 1,215 Koli, Kachi 930 Shina 900 Kachchi 350
Kohistani, Indus 240 Waneci 20
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Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Urdu Muslim
People Name General Mochi, Muslim
Ethnic Code CNN25r
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Largest Religion Islam
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
0.00%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
0.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
100.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
0.00%
Protestant
0.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
0.00%
Photo Source: Naveed Akhtar
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl
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