Mochi (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh


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

Introduction / History

The Mochi caste is considered by some to be a branch of the Chamar caste, but the Mochi have repudiated that, considering themselves to be a separate caste of higher status than the Chamar. Chamar people process the hides, while the Mochi make leather products out of this raw product. In the past, some of the Mochi were involved with removing carrion and selling the bones and hides. The Mochi are subdivided into subgroups and clans, and there is a social ranking system between the subgroups. The Mochi people live primarily in India and Bangladesh, but there are smaller communities in Nepal and Pakistan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Making leather products is what the Mochi community is known for. They are spared the stench of processing leather like the Chamars, but their status is almost as low. Any Hindu community that deals with dead matter, especially from the sacred cow, has low status. Some of them escape this stigma by producing bricks or baskets.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Their important marriage ritual involves walking around a sacred fire.


What Are Their Needs?

The Mochi are widely spread throughout most of South Asia. It will likely require much effort and expense to reach all of them with the gospel message. Perhaps the Mochi believers in India will grow in numbers and spiritual maturity to the extent they can effectively take the good news of Jesus to all their own people, not only in India but in Bangladesh and Pakistan as well.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Mochi (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh.

A number of people in the Mochi community have reported themselves as Christians to the census of India. Please pray these Christians will learn to quickly confess sin as needed and will learn to live in the power of the Lord's Spirit. Pray for this low status caste to be able to improve their lot in life, with rising educational levels. Pray especially for children to gain skills to make them employable. Pray for a harvest of souls among the Mochi families in Bangladesh. Pray for a spiritual hunger among the Mochi people that will only be satisfied by Jesus Christ.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Mochi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Mochi (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation MOH-chee
Population this Country 231,000
Population all Countries 2,518,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 5
Alternate Names Ahirwar; Arya Kshatriya; Arya Kshatriya Chumas; Aryakshatriya; Charaikar; Chitrakar; Chitrakathi; Dalera; Das; Dohar; Jatav; Jatia; Jingar; Kattai; Mangan; Mochavaru; Mochi; Muchhia; Muchhir; Muchi; Muchia; Muchivaru; Noria; Papachulolu; Rabidas; Rachevar; Raighar; Ramdasi; Ramnami; Raudari; Ravida; Ravidas; Regar; Rehgar; Rishi; Ruidas; Sajgar; Satnami; Sochi; Sonani; Suryavanshi; मोची (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17639
ROP3 Code 113075
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 29  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 7
Largest States
Rangpur
71,000
Khulna
67,000
Dhaka
51,000
Rajshahi
19,000
Chittagong
11,000
Sylhet
9,800
Barisal
2,600
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 29  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 7
  Rangpur 71,000
  Khulna 67,000
  Dhaka 51,000
  Rajshahi 19,000
  Chittagong 11,000
  Sylhet 9,800
  Barisal 2,600
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (228,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Sylheti
9,000
Chittagonian
2,400
Assamese
600
Kok Borok
200
Primary Language Bengali (228,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Sylheti 9,000
  Chittagonian 2,400
  Assamese 600
  Kok Borok 200
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1809-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
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Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Rivka video
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
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 Bangladesh census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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