The Mahatam live in Punjab in India. They call themselves Rai Sikh. They speak Punjabi and read and write in Gurmukhi. Sikhism is their religion. They are non-vegetarian and eat wheat, maize and rice as cereals.
The Mahatam are endogamous, meaning they prefer to marry within their group. Divorce is allowed on certain grounds such as adultery and not being able to have children. Marrying again is allowed but not for older widows. On the death of the father, sons inherit the property with the oldest son becoming in charge of the home.
Many of the Mahatam work in agriculture and laboring and others in government service. Only boys get educated among them. They use modern medicine and family planning.
* Scripture Prayers for the Rai (Sikh traditions) in India.
* Pray that Indian Christians will lead the Mahatam to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that gospel materials and the internet will lead them to salvation.
Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999
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|Global Prayer Digest: 2017-09-29|
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|Persecution Rank||10 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||2|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Punjabi, Eastern (77,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||pan Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Punjabi, Eastern
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1815-2011)|
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|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|
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|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|