Mallah (Hindu traditions) in India


Population
3,240,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Mallah of Uttar Pradesh usually go by the name of Nishad, which refers to a character from the Hindu myth the Ramayana. Nishad was a boatman in Prayag (Allahabad UP) who ferried Ram, Sita and Laskman across the river. From this tale, the Nishad take pride and consider their occupation as boatmen along the holy Ganga river carrying Hindu devotees as a high calling or holy occupation. They take pride in their heritage, even though they are considered a backward caste.


Where Are they Located?

They live along the major waterways of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They are poor and mostly illiterate. They are involved in boating and some fishing and sometimes in farming. They are strict about marrying within their own caste. The women are not often seen in public, although at times in Hindu pilgrimage areas such as Allahabad or Benares, you will see children and women of this caste selling flowers and incense for river worship purposes.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They are Hindu.


What Are Their Needs?

They have lacks in literacy, education, health and family planning and economic advancement.


Prayer Points

* They are constantly exposed to the rituals of Hinduism due to being located in the 'sacred' regions visited heavily by Hindu devotees and pilgrims. Pray for their minds to be prepared to hear Truth!
* Pray for a breakthrough of the Gospel in their history.
* Pray for new, inventive, powerful outreaches to these people.
* Pray for Gospel presentations through song and drama.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-09-03
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-08-19
People Name General Mallah (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Mallah (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 3,240,000
World Population 3,421,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 64
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Gonrhi, Machhua, Machua, Mallar, Mandal, Muriari, Muriyari, Sureha, मल्लाह (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17432
ROP3 Code 112835
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Group Mallah (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25c
Total Subgroups on file 17
Largest Subgroups
(only 15 largest shown)
Guria
106,000
Khulwant
106,000
Pandobi
106,000
Parbatikuria
106,000
Semaria
106,000
Sorahiya
104,000
Bathma
73,000
Agarwal
68,000
Banpar
43,000
Bin
43,000
Chabhi
43,000
Gonrhi
43,000
Nikhad
33,000
Machhua
17,000
Kharebind
3,600
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Group Mallah (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25c
Total Subgroups 17 (only 15 largest shown)
  Guria 106,000
  Khulwant 106,000
  Pandobi 106,000
  Parbatikuria 106,000
  Semaria 106,000
  Sorahiya 104,000
  Bathma 73,000
  Agarwal 68,000
  Banpar 43,000
  Bin 43,000
  Chabhi 43,000
  Gonrhi 43,000
  Nikhad 33,000
  Machhua 17,000
  Kharebind 3,600
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 12
Largest States
Bihar
1,652,000
Uttar Pradesh
1,308,000
Delhi
79,000
West Bengal
72,000
Jharkhand
72,000
Madhya Pradesh
40,000
Maharashtra
7,800
Chhattisgarh
3,700
Uttarakhand
3,600
Tripura
2,000
Andaman and Nicobar
200
Punjab
200
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 12
  Bihar 1,652,000
  Uttar Pradesh 1,308,000
  Delhi 79,000
  West Bengal 72,000
  Jharkhand 72,000
  Madhya Pradesh 40,000
  Maharashtra 7,800
  Chhattisgarh 3,700
  Uttarakhand 3,600
  Tripura 2,000
  Andaman and Nicobar 200
  Punjab 200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (1,987,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 17
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bhojpuri
862,000
Maithili
155,000
Bengali
77,000
Angika
51,000
Awadhi
33,000
Kanauji
30,000
Magahi
26,000
Bagheli
14,000
Bundeli
6,800
Chhattisgarhi
5,600
Garhwali
1,300
Braj Bhasha
1,200
Kumaoni
800
Malvi
600
Punjabi, Eastern
500
Other People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (1,987,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 17
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bhojpuri 862,000
  Maithili 155,000
  Bengali 77,000
  Angika 51,000
  Awadhi 33,000
  Kanauji 30,000
  Magahi 26,000
  Bagheli 14,000
  Bundeli 6,800
  Chhattisgarhi 5,600
  Garhwali 1,300
  Braj Bhasha 1,200
  Kumaoni 800
  Malvi 600
  Punjabi, Eastern 500
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1818-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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 Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video A Pilgrimage (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Aasha - Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Coconuts (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Haqeeqat Episode 6 (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Ten Virgins (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Final Prodigal (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.98 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Gerald Roberts 
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.




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