Mochi (Muslim traditions) in Bangladesh


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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Evangelical
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* From latest Bangladesh census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

If you were to purchase any sort of saddle or leather shoes in Bangladesh, northern India or Nepal, chances are good that it was put together by a Mochi. The name "Mochi" comes from the Sanskrit mochika and the Hindi word Mojna which mean "to fold." While the Chamars would do the initial slaughtering and preparation of the cattle hide, the Mochis are the ones who typically do the finishing work on the leather items.
In Hindu cultures, people are given low status for doing menial or unpleasant work, especially anything having to do with dead animals. This attitude spills over to the Muslim peoples. For this reason, the Chamars have very low status. The Mochis are somewhat more respected than the Chamars. There has been a long running competition between the two groups for superiority. However, in some areas the two groups are indistinguishable.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Their customs allow for polygamy, but they do not widely practice it. Sons usually marry at around age 17, while daughters marry sooner. Mochis usually marry off their daughters earlier than Chamars.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Though most Mochi people are Hindu, there are Muslims among them in Bangladesh and other parts of South Asia. Most Muslims in that part of the world have allowed Hindu practices to affect their form of Islam.


What Are Their Needs?

Educational standards are quite low for the Mochis with the literacy rate at no more than 15 per cent.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Church will begin connecting with Mochi Muslims.
Pray for a harvest of souls among the Mochi Muslims that will last generation after generation.
Pray for spiritual discernment and a desire for truth.


Scripture Prayers for the Mochi (Muslim traditions) in Bangladesh.


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People Name General Mochi (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Mochi (Muslim traditions)
Pronunciation MOH-chee
Alternate Names Charaikar; Das; Dhapal; Jatia; Machi; Mukeri; Rabidas; Raighar; Ramdasi; Raudari; Ravida; Rehgar; Rishi; Ruidas; Sajgar; Sochi; Sonani; मोची (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
Population this Country 13,000
Population all Countries 3,636,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 17625
ROP3 Code 113060
ROP25 Code 305674
ROP25 Name Muker / Mukeri / Mochi
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 3
Largest States
Khulna
5,500
Rajshahi
5,400
Barisal
1,800
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 3
  Khulna 5,500
  Rajshahi 5,400
  Barisal 1,800
Website South Asia Peoples
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 %
* From latest Bangladesh census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Bengali (13,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Bengali (13,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

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