Mochi (Sikh traditions) in India

The Mochi (Sikh traditions) have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Mochi people of India have traditionally been makers of shoes, boots, saddles, and handbags. This association with leather has given them low status in this part of the world where cows are sacred. That low status applies to both Hindu and Sikh Mochi. The literacy level of the Mochi has is low, under 20%. While the vast majority of Mochi are Hindus or Muslims, a small group is Sikh. Some Sikh Mochi are landless agricultural workers. Most Sikh Mochi speak Eastern Punjabi and Hindi.


Where Are they Located?

The Sikh Mochi live in two districts inside of Punjab state, and in Haryana and in Delhi.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Mochi live challenging lives by Western standards. They often live at the poverty level with little chance of moving upward in Indian society. Mochi children frequently drop out of school to help support their families. Some Sikh boys are starting to finish elementary school and go on to secondary school and universities. School is an expense that many Mochi families cannot afford.

The Sikh Mochi marry only within their group but not within their particular clan. Families arrange marriages with the consent of the young people. Married women wear glass bangles, nose studs, toe rings, and a special necklace.

The Sikh Mochi are non-vegetarians but will not eat beef and sometimes pork. Their main foods are rice, maize, wheat, millet with some vegetables and fruit. Often meat and milk products are reserved for holidays. Many Mochi men drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Though most Mochis are Hindus, there are some Sikhs among them. Sikhism originated from a 15th century teacher named Guru Nanak Dev as a reform movement. He rejected the caste system, taught that all people were equal and that all have equal access to God. The Sikh God is formless, without gender and is to be found in everyone. One gets closer to God by living a good life and by practicing charity. Like Hindus, Sikhs believe in reincarnation and the law of karma; you reap what you sow in your previous life. Like Muslims, the Sikhs worship only one God.

One may recognize a Sikh man by his distinctive turban. All the 10 great Sikh gurus wore turbans. Sikh teaching mandates that a person not cut his or her hair. They venerate their holy book, the Granth Sahib, which is a collection of hymns.


What Are Their Needs?

The Mochi need to see that their Sikh rituals and works will not get them right with a holy, personal God. They need to see Christianity demonstrated to them in practical ways, for example, helping them with their medical and the educational needs of their children. Most of all, they need to see that it is only in Jesus Christ that their sins can be forgiven.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Mochi (Sikh traditions) in India.

* Pray for the Mochi people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.
* Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Mochi people to change their society from within.
* Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers Sikh background disciples to make more disciples.


References

https://peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/mochi/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mochi_(Sikh)
https://books.google.com/books?id=JpksAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA102&lpg=PA102&dq=Sikh+Mochi+People&source=bl&ots=rWldEhFIPq&sig=ACfU3U1WVuIgNw1pHqruBrQCW9EhCRC3Hw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj3gun5irrjAhUYsp4KHRTSAm0Q6AEwGXoECAgQAQ#v=onepage&q=Sikh%20Mochi%20People&f=false


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Mochi (Sikh traditions)
People Name in Country Mochi (Sikh traditions)
Pronunciation MOH-chee
World Population 600
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Jatia; Jingar; Raighar; Ramdasi; Raudari; Ravida; Rehgar; मोची (सिख ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 18135
ROP3 Code 113642
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 5
Largest States
Punjab
200
Haryana
200
Delhi
100
Chandigarh
40
Rajasthan
10
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 5
  Punjab 200
  Haryana 200
  Delhi 100
  Chandigarh 40
  Rajasthan 10
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (600 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Hindi
30
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (600 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 30
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  (1818-2017)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Virtual Storehouse
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
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
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 Satsung of the Sadguru Jesus
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Who Can Help You?
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ਪੰਜਾਬੀ - Panjabi
Text / Printed Matter Download scripture in this language
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter Online New Testament (Bibles India)
Primary Religion: Other / Small
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 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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