Mochi, Muslim traditions in Pakistan






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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.

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-11-20
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-10-13
People Name General Mochi, Muslim traditions
People Name in Country Mochi, Muslim traditions
Population in Pakistan 3,569,000
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 Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (3,102,000) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (197,000) Sindh (194,000) Azad Kashmir (44,000)
Islamabad (30,000) Federally Administer (1,400) Balochistan (700)
Total States on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (3,102,000) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (197,000)
Sindh (194,000) Azad Kashmir (44,000)
Islamabad (30,000) Federally Administer (1,400)
Balochistan (700)
Languages & Dialects on file:  18  (up to 20 largest shown)
Panjabi, Western (2,711,000) Urdu (291,000) Saraiki (210,000) Sindhi (73,000)
Hindko, Southern (49,000) Hindko, Northern (31,000) Bagri (8,600) Goaria (6,200)
Shina, Kohistani (6,000) Koli, Wadiyara (2,400) Koli, Parkari (1,800) Kashmiri (1,200)
Koli, Kachi (900) Shina (900) Kachchi (400) Kohistani, Indus (200)
Waneci (20) Marwari
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Panjabi, Western 2,711,000 Urdu 291,000
Saraiki 210,000 Sindhi 73,000
Hindko, Southern 49,000 Hindko, Northern 31,000
Bagri 8,600 Goaria 6,200
Shina, Kohistani 6,000 Koli, Wadiyara 2,400
Koli, Parkari 1,800 Kashmiri 1,200
Koli, Kachi 900 Shina 900
Kachchi 400 Kohistani, Indus 200
Waneci 20 Marwari
For Primary Language: Panjabi, Western

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1885-1922)
New Testament Yes   (1819-2000)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Cartoon Gospel tract Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Audio Recordings
Four Spiritual Laws General
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Panjabi, Western Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture / Bible Audio Recordings
Punjabi Bible stories Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
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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  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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