Valmiki (Balmiki) Mehtar in India

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Valmiki (Balmiki) Mehtar
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People Name: Valmiki (Balmiki) Mehtar
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 126,000
World Population: 126,000
Primary Language: Hindi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.86 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - Valmiki
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

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

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

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