Merat (Hindu traditions) in India

The Merat (Hindu traditions) have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Subgroups: 4

Subgroup Name Population
Adidra Unknown
Gohil Unknown
Keshvala Unknown
Rajsukha Unknown

Introduction / History

Merat Hindu 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?

They speak in Marwari with one another, also Urdu and Hindi. They have village elders who judge in community matters and they give fines to those found guilty.
Merat people are farmers, but they do not have large pieces of land. Many others work as laborers.

Merat people marry outside their group.

The Merat read and write in Devanagari. 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.


What Are Their Beliefs?

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

* Scripture Prayers for the Merat (Hindu traditions) in India.

* 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 know 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 (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Merat (Hindu traditions)
World Population 46,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Maher, Mand, Mehar, Mer, Mewati, Mhed, मेरात (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17535
ROP3 Code 112957
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 2
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
44,000
Gujarat
1,500
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 2
  Uttar Pradesh 44,000
  Gujarat 1,500
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (41,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
Marwari
1,900
Gujarati
1,500
Braj Bhasha
1,400
Primary Language Hindi (41,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
  Marwari 1,900
  Gujarati 1,500
  Braj Bhasha 1,400
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
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 (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 Father's 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
0.00 %
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 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2019  Michael E  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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