Merat (Muslim traditions) in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Subgroups: 7

Subgroup Name Population
Chita 3,300
Gaji 3,300
Gorat 3,300
Jodha 3,300
Karna 3,300
Kathak 2,700
Kathat 600

Introduction / History

Merat Muslim people of India are Rajputs. They are also called Merat-Kathat. They are said to have descended from Rao Meraji Chauhan who had two sons who were recognized in the army for their bravery.


Where Are they Located?

They live in Rajasthan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Merat people are farmers, but they do not have large pieces of land. Many others work as laborers.
They speak Marwari with one another, also Urdu and Hindi. Merat people marry outside their group. They share many customs and traditions with Merat Hindu people.

They read and write in Devangari. They are not vegetarians, wheat is a main cereal, and they enjoy dairy products and tea. They do not eat beef and pork. The men sometimes drink alcohol, and chew Betel leaves. They have special foods for festivals.

They have village elders who judge in community matters, and they give fines to those found guilty.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Some Merat people practice Sunni Muslim religion, and others Hindu. This is a source of much confusion in not only religious practices, but also family dynamics.


What Are Their Needs?

Adequate visual, audio, and written Christian resources are available in the Hindi and Urdu languages, which Merat people speak, but they are still an unreached people group.
Their most important need is to understand that their good works and worship of false gods will never pay the penalty for their sins, and that Almighty Creator God has made the provision for them.


Prayer Points

* Pray that Merat people will see that their old systems of ethics and religion are not working, and that their only hope is in Jesus Christ.
* Pray that intercessors worldwide will regularly pray for salvation of Merat people.
* Pray for workers to disciple them.
* Pray that many Merat people will disciple others until this people group knows that Jesus Christ is Lord.
* Ask Almighty God to raise up entire families and communities until their culture is transformed to fully glorify God, and represent His Kingdom here on earth.


References

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/merat
People of India: Rajasthan, K. S. Singh, ed. Popular Prakashan, 1998


Profile Source:   Karen Hightower  

People Name General Merat (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Merat (Muslim traditions)
Population in India 293,000
World Population 376,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 6
Alternate Names Kathak, Mer, Mer Kathak, Mera, Merat Kathat, Meri, Mewati, मेरात (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17532
ROP3 Code 112954
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 3
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
173,000
Rajasthan
119,000
Uttarakhand
800
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 3
  Uttar Pradesh 173,000
  Rajasthan 119,000
  Uttarakhand 800
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Urdu (210,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 14
Secondary Languages
Merwari
36,000
Marwari
27,000
Dhundari
6,900
Awadhi
3,600
Mewari
3,100
Kanauji
900
Bhojpuri
900
Haroti: Harauti
800
Hindi
700
Shekhawati
400
Bagri
200
Bundeli
100
Garhwali
50
Other People Groups Speaking Urdu
Primary Language Urdu (210,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 14
Secondary Languages
  Merwari 36,000
  Marwari 27,000
  Dhundari 6,900
  Awadhi 3,600
  Mewari 3,100
  Kanauji 900
  Bhojpuri 900
  Haroti: Harauti 800
  Hindi 700
  Shekhawati 400
  Bagri 200
  Bundeli 100
  Garhwali 50
People Groups Speaking Urdu

Primary Language:  Urdu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1747-1894)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1758-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1843-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Easy to Read (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Pakistan Bible Society (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Audio Recordings Urdu Online Audio Bible
Film / Video A Gathering of the Followers of Isa (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Urdu
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Greatest Sacrifice (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2018  Isudas  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Karen Hightower  
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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