They are also called Pakhwaji, because of they play the timbrel. The word Mirasi comes from the Arabic word “miras” which means inheritance. There are many sub groups among them.
Mirasi people are a caste living in the north parts of India. Some have migrated to nearby states. Mirasi in Uttar Pradesh are in regions such as Meerut. They live in most places in India’s Punjab state.
Mirasi people entertain at fairs and sing at weddings. Many are laborers, and farming tenants, and also sell vegetables. The well-educated work in government, serve in the military and do research for genealogies.
They have a caste council to judge in disputes and make sure that the people behave as they should. Mirasi people do not marry outside their group. They speak Magadhi, Urdu, Rajasthani, Punjabi, and Hindi.
Mirasi people can be Muslim, Hindu or Sikh. Sikhism blends certain tenets of Islam and Hinduism, and they have their own scriptures, in the form of a book they worship.
One can only imagine the spiritual confusion involved with three major religions within their families and communities.
Bible resources exist in Urdu and Hindi, but Mirasi people remain an unreached people group.
The need open hearts to hear God’s answers to their spiritual problems.
* Pray that Mirasi Sikh people will be liberated by God’s Holy Spirit from the many ties that bind them to lives devoid of Christ’s blessings.
* Pray that Mirasi Sikhs will see past their respective traditional worship to the futility of it all and experience a growing desire to know the truth of God’s Word.
* Pray for the Lord to multiply the reception and influence of His Word among the Mirasi Sikhs, leading them to love Him with their whole being.
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to anoint Mirasi Sikh families, especially the children and youth, and to raise up a new generation of fruitful, multiplying witnesses of Christ’s mercy and love.
|Profile Source: Karen Hightower|
|People Name General||Mirasi (Sikh traditions)|
|People Name in Country||Mirasi (Sikh traditions)|
|Population in India||2,300|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Bhand, Charan, Dhadhi, Dhadi, Dhagri, Dum, Gathala, Halwe, Kalawant, Kuchra, Miralm, Pakwadji, Ranwal, Shaikh, Simrachhukar, Tasbirdar, मिरसी (सिख ट्रेडिशन्स)|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||11 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||6|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Punjabi, Eastern (2,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||pan Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|Other People Groups||Speaking Punjabi, Eastern|
Primary Language: Punjabi, Eastern
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1815-2011)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|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||Bible: ਪੰਜਾਬੀ - Panjabi|
|Text / Printed Matter||OneHope resources for children and youth|
|Text / Printed Matter||Online Bible (Bibles India)|
|Text / Printed Matter||World Missionary Press Booklets|