Mochi, Hindu traditions in Bangladesh






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The Mochi caste is considered by some to be a branch of the Chamar caste, but the Mochi have repudiated that, considering themselves to be a separate caste of higher status than the Chamar. "The Chamar do the initial dressing of hides, while the Mochi make leather products from the hides." In the past, some of the Mochi were involved with removing carrion and selling the bones and hides. They accept water and food from all communities except the Mehtar and Ghasia, which they consider to be below themselves socially. The Mochi are subdivided into subgroups and clans, and there is a social ranking system between the subgroups. Their important marriage ritual is circumambulation of the sacred fire.

Ministry Obstacles

The Mochi are widely spread throughout most of South Asia. It will likely require much effort and expense to reach all of them with the Gospel message.

Outreach Ideas

Perhaps the Mochi Christians in India will grow in numbers and spiritual maturity to the extent they can effectively take the good news of Jesus to all their own people, not only in India but in Bangladesh and Pakistan as well. Please pray for this to occur.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

A number of people in the Mochi community have reported themselves as Christians to the census of India (the Mochi live in India and Pakistan as well as in Bangladesh). Please pray these Christians will learn to quickly confess sin as needed, and will learn to live in the power of the Lord's Spirit, being zealous to know and serve the Lord.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for this low status caste to be able to improve their lot in life, with rising educational levels. Pray especially for children to gain skills to make them employable.

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People Name General Mochi, Hindu traditions
People Name in Country Mochi, Hindu traditions
Population in Bangladesh 334,000
World Population 2,583,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Ahirwar, Arya Kshatriya, Arya Kshatriya Chumas, Aryakshatriya, Charaikar, Chitrakar, Chitrakathi, Dalera, Das, Dohar, Jatav, Jatia, Jingar, Kattai, Mangan, Mochavaru, Mochi, Muchhia, Muchhir, Muchi, Muchia, Muchivaru, Noria, Papachulolu, Rabidas, Rachevar, Raighar, Ramdasi, Ramnami, Raudari, Ravida, Ravidas, Regar, Rehgar, Rishi, Ruidas, Sajgar, Satnami, Sochi, Sonani, Suryavanshi
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Name General Mochi, Hindu traditions
Ethnic Code CNN25b
People ID 17639
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:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Rangpur (111,000) Khulna (85,000) Dhaka (80,000) Rajshahi (36,000)
Chittagong (12,000) Sylhet (5,800) Barisal (2,900)
Total States on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Rangpur (111,000) Khulna (85,000)
Dhaka (80,000) Rajshahi (36,000)
Chittagong (12,000) Sylhet (5,800)
Barisal (2,900)
Languages & Dialects on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bengali (289,000) Sylheti (4,500) Chittagonian (1,100) Assamese (500)
Kok Borok (100)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bengali 289,000 Sylheti 4,500
Chittagonian 1,100 Assamese 500
Kok Borok 100
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
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bengali Bible stories Audio Recordings
Bengali Language Film Film / Video
Bible Visuals General
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
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: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
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 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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