Mahtam (Hindu traditions) in India


Population
126,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Mahtam or Rai Sikh speak Punjabi and read and write in Gurumukhi. They are not vegetarians except in the Punjab and eat rice and wheat as cereals. They are Sikhs by religion.

In Haryana the Rai Sikh can speak Hindi too. Divorce and marrying again are allowed. There are birth and marriage rituals. The dead are cremated. Sons inherit the property. They work mainly as laborers, agricultural or otherwise. They believe in education and use family planning.

In Punjab the Rai Sikh are vegetarians. They later decided to follow the teachings of Radha Soami which is not a religion but a science. On the death of the father, the oldest son becomes in charge of the home.

In Rajasthan the Rai Sikh are mainly landowners. A committee settles social disputes for them.


Prayer Points

* Pray that Indian Christians will lead the Rai Sikh to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that gospel materials and the internet will lead them to salvation.


References

Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-08-09
People Name General Mahtam (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Mahtam (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 126,000
World Population 127,200
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 3 to 4
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Rai Sikh, महटाम (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17407
ROP3 Code 112807
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 8
Largest States
Punjab
(89,000)
Delhi
(13,000)
Haryana
(10,000)
Chandigarh
(5,000)
Himachal Pradesh
(4,400)
Gujarat
(3,700)
Dadra and Nagar Have
(30)
Daman and Diu
(20)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 8
  Punjab (89,000)
  Delhi (13,000)
  Haryana (10,000)
  Chandigarh (5,000)
  Himachal Pradesh (4,400)
  Gujarat (3,700)
  Dadra and Nagar Have (30)
  Daman and Diu (20)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (78,000 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 11
Secondary Languages
Hindi
(40,000)
Bagri
(4,400)
Gujarati
(2,600)
Kangri
(1,400)
Mandeali
(800)
Haryanvi
(600)
Pahari, Mahasu
(300)
Bilaspuri
(200)
Bhattiyali
(200)
Churahi
(60)
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Eastern
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (78,000 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 11
Secondary Languages
  Hindi (40,000)
  Bagri (4,400)
  Gujarati (2,600)
  Kangri (1,400)
  Mandeali (800)
  Haryanvi (600)
  Pahari, Mahasu (300)
  Bilaspuri (200)
  Bhattiyali (200)
  Churahi (60)
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Eastern

Primary Language:  Punjabi, Eastern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1818-1954)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1815-2011)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1959-2002)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
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 Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Eyes of the Heart (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Eastern
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Sikh Contextual Gathering (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Sikh Punjabi Music Video (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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