Mochi (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest Pakistan 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. Their important marriage ritual involves walking around a sacred fire.


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 Pakistan as well.


Prayer Points

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.


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


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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 2,500
Population all Countries 2,567,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 17639
ROP3 Code 113075
ROP25 Code 305674
ROP25 Name Muker / Mukeri / Mochi
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 7  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 2
Largest States
Sindh
2,300
Punjab
200
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 7  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 2
  Sindh 2,300
  Punjab 200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.40 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.60 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Sindhi (1,200 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
Dhatki
1,000
Punjabi, Western
200
Kacchi
200
Primary Language Sindhi (1,200 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
  Dhatki 1,000
  Punjabi, Western 200
  Kacchi 200
People Groups Speaking Sindhi

Primary Language:  Sindhi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1825-1981)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1890-1992)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1954)
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
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