Machhi (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The traditional occupation of the Machhi is fishing, which continues to be their primary source of livelihood.
Most of them live in India, but a smaller number are in Pakistan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Child marriage is prevalent among the Machhi. Property is usually shared by the sons, but a widow receives a small share of her husband's property. They have a favorable attitude towards formal education of both boys and girls.


What Are Their Beliefs?

There are both Hindu and Muslim Machhi people in Pakistan. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.
Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama’s birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

The polytheistic worldview of the Hindu Macchi makes it difficult to accept a creator God who stands outside his creation, who created the universe at a point in time.


Prayer Points

Pray for laborers to sow God's Word to persons and households of peace, which will in turn catalyze movements to Christ among the Machhi people.
Pray for the Machhi community to be able to properly support their families, having adequate incomes.
Pray they will be able to adjust to the rapidly changing conditions of the 21st century.
Pray for loving, Holy Spirit anointed workers.


Scripture Prayers for the Machhi (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Machhi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Machhi (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation mah-CHEE
Population this Country 2,600
Population all Countries 936,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bitna; Dhimar; Dhivar; Kahar; Khalasi; Kharva; Kharvi; Kharwal; Macchiyara; Machchhi; Machhi; Machhiyara; Machhua; Machiyar; Mahigar; Mali; Mangela; Marar; Mitna Machi; Mitra; Mucchia; Sarang; Tandel; मच्ची (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17502
ROP3 Code 112918
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Sindh 2,500
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Dhatki (1,600 speakers)
Language Code mki   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Sindhi
1,300
Kacchi
80
Primary Language Dhatki (1,600 speakers)
Language Code mki   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Sindhi 1,300
  Kacchi 80
People Groups Speaking Dhatki

Primary Language:  Dhatki

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1998-1999)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Dhatki Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
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 %
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
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Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more