Mirasi (Hindu traditions) in India

The Mirasi (Hindu traditions) have only been reported in India
Population
194,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Mirasi are a caste living in the north of India. There are Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims amongst them. They are also called the Pakhwaji because of them playing the timbrel. The word Mirasi comes from the Arabic word Miras which means inheritance.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Mirasi of North India entertain at fairs in rural Punjab. Many are now laborers. Some have migrated to nearby states.

The Mirasi in Uttar Pradesh are in regions such as Meerut. They have a Caste Council who judge in disputes and see that the people behave as they should. They are Sunni Muslims but some worship Hindu deities and Sikh gurus. They speak Urdu and Hindi.

The Mirasi of Bihar have become farmers. Some sing songs at weddings. Many are Shia Muslims. They live in Bhagalpur and other regions of the state. They speak Magadhi and in Urdu.

The Mirasi of Rajasthan live in Bikaner and other regions. A lot of them are farming tenants now. They speak a form of Rajasthani.

The Mirasi in Haryana live in Mewat among other regions. Most work as laborers. They are regarded as being of lower status and suffer exclusion. They are endogamous, which means they do not marry outside their group. They speak Haryanvi and Urdu.

In Delhi the Mirasi are musicians. They are Muslims. Many have small businesses such as vegetable selling.

In the Indian Punjab, the Mirasi are Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims. They speak in Punjabi and Urdu and are genealogists.

There are many sub groups among the Mirasi.

In the Pakistan Punjab, the Mirasi speak in Punjabi and Urdu. They are entertainers. Many are Muslims. They are in most places in the Punjab. Many are farm workers. Some are sales people. The well-educated are in government and military work also.


Prayer Points

* Pray that the Mirasi are given dreams and visions leading them to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that materials like the Jesus film lead them to Salvation too.


References

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/mirasi


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-10-04
People Name General Mirasi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Mirasi (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 194,000
World Population 194,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 3
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Baisi, Bhand, Charan, Charan Bhat, Dhadhi, Dhadi, Dhagri, Dum, Gathala, Halwe, Hurkiya, Kalawant, Kuchra, Langah, Merasi, Mir, Miralm, Nagarchi, Pakwadji, Pakwaji, Ranwal, Shaikh, Shilpakar, Shilpkar, Simrachhukar, Tasbirdar, मिरसी (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17562
ROP3 Code 112988
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 13
Largest States
Punjab
(106,000)
Haryana
(65,000)
Chandigarh
(10,000)
Himachal Pradesh
(5,900)
Uttarakhand
(4,200)
Rajasthan
(1,200)
Jammu and Kashmir
(600)
Delhi
(300)
Gujarat
(100)
Uttar Pradesh
(70)
Maharashtra
(60)
Daman and Diu
(30)
Karnataka
(20)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 13
  Punjab (106,000)
  Haryana (65,000)
  Chandigarh (10,000)
  Himachal Pradesh (5,900)
  Uttarakhand (4,200)
  Rajasthan (1,200)
  Jammu and Kashmir (600)
  Delhi (300)
  Gujarat (100)
  Uttar Pradesh (70)
  Maharashtra (60)
  Daman and Diu (30)
  Karnataka (20)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (98,000 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 19
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Hindi
(74,000)
Haryanvi
(10,000)
Bagri
(3,500)
Kangri
(2,900)
Kumaoni
(2,400)
Mewari
(700)
Pahari, Mahasu
(600)
Chambeali
(500)
Marwari
(400)
Bilaspuri
(300)
Mandeali
(300)
Gujarati
(100)
Bhattiyali
(100)
Ladakhi
(70)
Kashmiri
(60)
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Eastern
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (98,000 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 19
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Hindi (74,000)
  Haryanvi (10,000)
  Bagri (3,500)
  Kangri (2,900)
  Kumaoni (2,400)
  Mewari (700)
  Pahari, Mahasu (600)
  Chambeali (500)
  Marwari (400)
  Bilaspuri (300)
  Mandeali (300)
  Gujarati (100)
  Bhattiyali (100)
  Ladakhi (70)
  Kashmiri (60)
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Eastern

Primary Language:  Punjabi, Eastern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1818-1954)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1815-2011)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1959-2002)
Bible-NT Audio 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 Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Eyes of the Heart (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Eastern
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Sikh Contextual Gathering (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Sikh Punjabi Music Video (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.15 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.85 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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