Mochi (Hindu traditions) in Nepal


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* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

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 have escaped this stigma by producing bricks or baskets.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Mochi people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.
Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.


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. 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 Nepal as well.


Prayer Points

Pray the hearts of Hindu Mochi people would be stirred to hunger after God, to drink of living water.
Pray for family-based movements to Christ to transform Mochi society, blessing them spiritually and economically.
Pray for the Lord to move in the hearts of believers to give up their own rights and sacrifice their lives to see the Mochi people blessed by the work of Jesus Christ, the only savior.


Scripture Prayers for the Mochi (Hindu traditions) in Nepal.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Mochi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Mochi (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation MOH-chee
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)
Population this Country 16,000
Population all Countries 2,590,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 17639
ROP3 Code 113075
ROP25 Code 305674
ROP25 Name Muker / Mukeri / Mochi
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file 9
Largest States
Narayani
4,000
Lumbini
3,700
Janakpur
3,400
Sagarmatha
2,900
Kosi
600
Bheri
600
Mahakali
100
Mechi
90
Bagmati
50
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States 9
  Narayani 4,000
  Lumbini 3,700
  Janakpur 3,400
  Sagarmatha 2,900
  Kosi 600
  Bheri 600
  Mahakali 100
  Mechi 90
  Bagmati 50
Website South Asia Peoples
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 Nepal census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Maithili (7,200 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri
4,600
Awadhi
1,400
Kumaoni
100
Nepali
100
Hindi
40
Primary Language Maithili (7,200 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri 4,600
  Awadhi 1,400
  Kumaoni 100
  Nepali 100
  Hindi 40
People Groups Speaking Maithili

Primary Language:  Maithili

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2010)
Bible-Complete No
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Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Maithili Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
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General Zume Resources Zume Project
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Mobile App Android Bible app: Maithili YouVersion Bibles
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Text / Printed Matter Children and youth resources One Hope
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book General / Other
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Maithili Literacy & Evangelism International
Text / Printed Matter The Ancient Path Live Global
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies World Missionary Press
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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