Mahtam (Sikh traditions) in India

The Mahtam (Sikh traditions) have only been reported in India
Population
621,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction

Most of the Mahtam Sikh (or Rai Sikh) in the Punjab are migrants from Pakistan. They claim to have 36 clans (gotras), including the Goge, Sarari, Kachure, Badwal, Book and Hakwan. The traditional occupations of the Mahtam Sikh were farming, hunting wild boars, fishing and liquor distillation. Today they are primarily farmers, but many are engaged in other trades as well. They maintain cordial relationships with the scheduled castes and other artisan and service castes of the nearby villages. Many now follow the religious teachings of a man named Radha Soami, which has led to less alcoholism and more vegetarianism.


Ministry Obstacles

Lack of workers able to carry the Gospel message accurately is an ongoing problem throughout South Asia.


Outreach Ideas

Pray the Gospel will be proclaimed widely and effectively via Gospel radio in the Punjabi languages spoken in Punjab state and beyond.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

There may well be no followers of Jesus today among the Mahtam people, although it is possible there are believers who are not evident. Please pray for these and many others who will soon come to know Christ as savior and lord. There are a number of former Sikhs in Punjab who are now Christians.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Punjab is the only state in India where Sikhs are in the majority. Please pray for a movement of God's Spirit throughout this state. There are encouraging developments already.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-10-23
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-10-03
People Name General Mahtam (Sikh traditions)
People Name in Country Mahtam (Sikh traditions)
Population in India 621,000
World Population 621,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 12
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Mahatma, Matheran, Mohtam, Rai Sikh, महटाम (सिख ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 18131
ROP3 Code 113638
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 24
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Punjab
(502,000)
Haryana
(28,000)
Delhi
(23,000)
Rajasthan
(20,000)
Uttar Pradesh
(18,000)
Uttarakhand
(6,800)
Maharashtra
(6,500)
Madhya Pradesh
(3,600)
Jammu and Kashmir
(2,900)
Chandigarh
(2,400)
West Bengal
(1,500)
Jharkhand
(1,300)
Himachal Pradesh
(1,100)
Gujarat
(1,000)
Chhattisgarh
(1,000)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 24  (only 20 largest shown)
  Punjab (502,000)
  Haryana (28,000)
  Delhi (23,000)
  Rajasthan (20,000)
  Uttar Pradesh (18,000)
  Uttarakhand (6,800)
  Maharashtra (6,500)
  Madhya Pradesh (3,600)
  Jammu and Kashmir (2,900)
  Chandigarh (2,400)
  West Bengal (1,500)
  Jharkhand (1,300)
  Himachal Pradesh (1,100)
  Gujarat (1,000)
  Chhattisgarh (1,000)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (533,000 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
Hindi
(71,000)
Bagri
(9,000)
Haryanvi
(3,300)
Dogri
(600)
Marwari
(300)
Kumaoni
(300)
Kangri
(200)
Garhwali
(100)
Dhundari
(100)
Awadhi
(80)
Gujarati
(40)
Pahari-Potwari: Poonch
(40)
Mandeali Punjabi, Western
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Eastern
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (533,000 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
  Hindi (71,000)
  Bagri (9,000)
  Haryanvi (3,300)
  Dogri (600)
  Marwari (300)
  Kumaoni (300)
  Kangri (200)
  Garhwali (100)
  Dhundari (100)
  Awadhi (80)
  Gujarati (40)
  Pahari-Potwari: Poonch (40)
  Mandeali (10)
  Punjabi, Western (10)
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Eastern

Primary Language:  Punjabi, Eastern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1818-1954)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1815-2011)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1959-2002)
Bible-NT Audio 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 Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Eyes of the Heart (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Eastern
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Sikh Contextual Gathering (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Sikh Punjabi Music Video (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Other / Small
Religion Subdivision: Sikhism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
100.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2017  Isudas  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
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 India census data.  Current values may differ.


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