The Mahishya people are also known as Sadgop. The name Sadgop is derived from the two Sanskrit words: 'sad' means good and 'gop' means milkman. Some believe they are the descendants of lord Krishna. Their association with dairy products, and thus cattle, have given them a fairly high status in Hindu society, and they are part of a "forward" caste. Ironically some stigmatize them for their rural roots and willingness to work with their hands.
As a people, they are found in several Indian states such as West Bengal, Odisha, and surrounding areas, speaking Bengali, Hindi, Oriya, or English as second languages. A much smaller number live in Bhutan.
Though they are associated with dairy farming, these land owners also grow rice and wheat; agriculture is their traditional and primary occupation. Others work in skilled labor or business in cities. Some are computer operators, while others are college-educated and seek spouses over the Internet.
They propitiate Hari and Lakshmi as their family deities. Their village deities are Dharmaraj, Manasa and Shiva among others. Like other Hindus they go on pilgrimages to holy sites in Gaya and Vrindaban. Married women have a significant role to play in their ritual Hindu performances. Women worship the goddess Lakshmi daily.
These devout Hindus need a spiritual hunger that will take them beyond where they have been for hundreds of years.
* Pray for the Mahishya people to have a spiritual hunger that will lead them to Jesus Christ.
* Pray for them to be exposed to Christian materials such as the JESUS Film and gospel recordings, and the Bible
* Pray for a powerful disciple making movement in their communities in Bhutan and India.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Mahishya|
|People Name in Country||Mahishya|
|Population in Bhutan||900|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Chasa, Chasi, Chasidas, Halidas, Haluadas, Haludas, Kaibarta, Kaibartta, Kurmangiya, Mahisayadas, Matsyadas, Pilwan Mahaout, Sadgop, महिष्या|
|Persecution Rank||33 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||3|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Language Code||asm Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|Other People Groups||Speaking Assamese|
Primary Language: Assamese
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1819-1993)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Amazon||National Bible Societies|
|Forum of Bible Agencies||World Bible Finder|
|Gospel Go||World Bibles|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Christassam recordings|
|Audio Recordings||Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Assamese|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|Film / Video||The Path of Light (Indigitube.tv)|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws|
|General||God's Simple Plan|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Mobile App||Download Bible from Google Play Store|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: অসমীয়া - Assamese|
|Text / Printed Matter||Christ for the Nations|
|Text / Printed Matter||OneHope resources for children and youth|
|Text / Printed Matter||World Missionary Press Booklets|
|Photo Source||Copyrighted © 2018 Isudas All rights reserved. Used with permission|
|Map Source||Joshua Project / Global Mapping International|
|Profile Source||Keith Carey|
|Data Sources||Data is compiled from various sources. Read more|
|* Religion Values||From latest Bhutan census data. Current values may differ.|