Valmiki (Balmiki) Mehtar in India

The Valmiki (Balmiki) Mehtar have only been reported in India
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Introduction / History

The Mehtar are a scheduled caste. Hinduism is their religion. Though their education level is improving it is on the low side, so the gospel will need to be given in oral form too. The word Mehtar means prince or leader. Their traditional work and now too is scavenging and sweeping.

In Andhra Pradesh the Mehtar speak Hindi and Telugu. They are not vegetarians but do not eat eat beef. They eat wheat and rice as cereals. Some of them work for the government.

In Bihar they speak Hindi and Angika. They use modern medicines when they can afford it.

In Karnataka the Mehtar speak Hindi and Kannada. They have cousin marriages among themselves.

The Mehtar live in Orissa and other states too.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Valmiki (Balmiki) Mehtar in India.

* Pray that Indian Christians will lead them to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that gospel recordings will lead them to salvation.


References

Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Valmiki (Balmiki) Mehtar
People Name in Country Valmiki (Balmiki) Mehtar
World Population 119,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Chuhra, Halalkhor, Malkana, Malkana Mehtar, Mehtar, Melkana Mehtar, Olgana, Rukhi
People ID 21471
ROP3 Code 118287
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 13
Largest States
Gujarat
25,000
Maharashtra
24,000
Madhya Pradesh
22,000
Rajasthan
18,000
Bihar
9,600
Chhattisgarh
7,900
Uttar Pradesh
6,200
Jharkhand
2,700
Uttarakhand
900
Karnataka
500
Odisha
400
Assam
400
Telangana
200
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 13
  Gujarat 25,000
  Maharashtra 24,000
  Madhya Pradesh 22,000
  Rajasthan 18,000
  Bihar 9,600
  Chhattisgarh 7,900
  Uttar Pradesh 6,200
  Jharkhand 2,700
  Uttarakhand 900
  Karnataka 500
  Odisha 400
  Assam 400
  Telangana 200
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Hindi (69,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 29
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Gujarati
18,000
Marathi
6,900
Chhattisgarhi
4,900
Merwari
4,800
Dhundari
3,300
Malvi
1,000
Shekhawati
900
Maithili
800
Konkani
600
Bhojpuri
600
Angika
600
Kanauji
500
Nimadi
500
Awadhi
400
Odia
400
Primary Language Hindi (69,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 29
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Gujarati 18,000
  Marathi 6,900
  Chhattisgarhi 4,900
  Merwari 4,800
  Dhundari 3,300
  Malvi 1,000
  Shekhawati 900
  Maithili 800
  Konkani 600
  Bhojpuri 600
  Angika 600
  Kanauji 500
  Nimadi 500
  Awadhi 400
  Odia 400
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1818-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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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 Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video A Pilgrimage (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Aasha - Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Coconuts (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Haqeeqat Episode 6 (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Ten Virgins (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Final Prodigal (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.06 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.70 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.06 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.18 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.