Mochi (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh


Population
280,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction

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. "The Chamar do the initial dressing of hides, while the Mochi make leather products from the hides." In the past, some of the Mochi were involved with removing carrion and selling the bones and hides. They accept water and food from all communities except the Mehtar and Ghasia, which they consider to be below themselves socially. The Mochi are subdivided into subgroups and clans, and there is a social ranking system between the subgroups. Their important marriage ritual is circumambulation of the sacred fire.


Ministry Obstacles

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.


Outreach Ideas

Perhaps the Mochi Christians 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. Please pray for this to occur.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

A number of people in the Mochi community have reported themselves as Christians to the census of India (the Mochi live in India and Pakistan as well as in Bangladesh). 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, being zealous to know and serve the Lord.


Pray for the Entire People Group

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.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Mochi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Mochi (Hindu traditions)
Population in Bangladesh 280,000
World Population 2,604,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 6 to 8
Progress Scale 1
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 South Asia
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 7
Largest States
Rangpur
(88,000)
Khulna
(74,000)
Dhaka
(68,000)
Rajshahi
(29,000)
Chittagong
(12,000)
Sylhet
(5,700)
Barisal
(2,800)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 7
  Rangpur (88,000)
  Khulna (74,000)
  Dhaka (68,000)
  Rajshahi (29,000)
  Chittagong (12,000)
  Sylhet (5,700)
  Barisal (2,800)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (244,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Sylheti
(4,500)
Chittagonian
(1,100)
Assamese
(500)
Kok Borok
(100)
People Groups Speaking Bengali
Primary Language Bengali (244,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Sylheti (4,500)
  Chittagonian (1,100)
  Assamese (500)
  Kok Borok (100)
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   (1809-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text 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 Bengali Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video I Am Guilty (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
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 The Burning Heart (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
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
Unknown
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From Bangladesh census data.  Current values may differ.


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