Marathi in Mauritius

Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

Even though the Marathis have both an oral and written history that dates back 2000 years, they only gained attention as a prominent people group in the 1600s. At that time a man named Shivaji and his warriors established the Maratha Empire. India's western state of Maharashtra is named after this people group. Technically Marathi is a language, though language often defines a people group.

During the days of the British Empire, the Brits sent indentured servants from India to Mauritius, an island off the coast of East Africa, to work sugar cane fields and the like. Some of these Indians spoke the Marathi language as do their great-grandchildren today. There were women among the Marathis, and many of these married Chinese men who also migrated to this island chain for work.

21st century Marathis are living much better than the ones who first came to Mauritius. Marathis, and other Mauritians of Indian descent, have dominated the political landscape of this country for many years.

Where Are they Located?

The Marathis live mainly in the few urban centers of Mauritius such as Port Louis. Others live in well-developed towns such as Vacoas, Curepipe, Quatre Bornes and Beau Bassin.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Marathis in Mauritius are often highly involved with business and politics. They love the arts, especially the theater, and many of them participate in a national drama competition. Though they keep much of their old culture, they are not insular; many of them speak at least two or three languages, and they have contact with other ethnic communities.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Marathis are Hindus. In Mauritius they are most likely to participate in Gondhal, a sacrifice to a goddess named Bhawani. Many are devotees of Lord Vishnu, one of the three major gods of Hinduism.

What Are Their Needs?

This relatively wealthy, well-educated community is still in need of the Savior, Jesus Christ. It will take special ambassadors of the King of kings to approach them in a way they can understand and embrace.

Prayer Points

* Pray for God to raise up the right people to go to the Marathis as His ambassadors.
* Pray that Marathis in Mauritius will soon experience the love of Jesus Christ and begin to follow Him as their Lord and Savior.
* Pray for a thriving church planting movement among Marathi speaking people to begin in Mauritius.

Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Marathi
People Name in Country Marathi
Population in Mauritius 17,000
World Population 69,300
Total Countries 5
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Marathi Jew, Marati
People ID 13533
ROP3 Code 106317
Country Mauritius
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Mauritius
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Marathi (17,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Marathi
Primary Language Marathi (17,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Marathi

Primary Language:  Marathi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1807-1957)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1811-1982)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1821-2002)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
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Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Marathi
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Marathi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
80.0 %
Photo Source A Daniel 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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