Machhi (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan

Machhi (Hindu traditions)
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People Name: Machhi (Hindu traditions)
Country: Pakistan
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 2,700
World Population: 890,700
Primary Language: Dhatki
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: New Testament
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The traditional occupation of the Machhi is fishing, which continues to be their primary source of livelihood.
Most of them live in India, but a smaller number are in Pakistan.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Child marriage is prevalent among the Machhi. Property is usually shared by the sons, but a widow receives a small share of her husband's property. They have a favorable attitude towards formal education of both boys and girls.

What Are Their Beliefs?

There are both Hindu and Muslim Machhi people in Pakistan. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.
Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.

What Are Their Needs?

The polytheistic worldview of the Hindu Macchi makes it difficult to accept a creator God who stands outside his creation, who created the universe at a point in time.

Prayer Points

Pray for laborers to sow God's Word to persons and households of peace, which will in turn catalyze movements to Christ among the Machhi people.
Pray for the Machhi community to be able to properly support their families, having adequate incomes.
Pray they will be able to adjust to the rapidly changing conditions of the 21st century.
Pray for loving, Holy Spirit anointed workers.

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