Mirdhas (Hindu traditions) in India

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

Introduction / History

The Mirdas are a Scheduled Tribe of India. They have subgroups. They trace their ancestry to the Oraon tribal peoples. They are living in Madhya Pradesh and Odisha.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Mirdas people work as farmers. They do floor and wall painting and basket work. They usually marry their cousins. A traditional village council looks after their interests. They have a low literacy level especially among females, so they will need to hear the gospel in oral forms.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Mirdas people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. 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 Mirdas people need to find their way to serve and love God with all their hearts and minds.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Mirdhas (Hindu traditions) in India.

* Pray that the council leaders will come to Jesus Christ and lead others of the Mirdas to Him. * Pray that gospel recordings and the JESUS Film will become widely available to them. * Pray for intercessors and workers. * Pray for a spiritual hunger that will lead them to the only Savior.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Mirdhas (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Mirdhas (Hindu traditions)
Population this Country 136,000
Population all Countries 136,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 3
Alternate Names Mirdha; Mirdhas; मिर्दस (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17556
ROP3 Code 112980
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 2
Largest States
Odisha
77,000
Madhya Pradesh
59,000
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 2
  Odisha 77,000
  Madhya Pradesh 59,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Odia (65,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 18
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Hindi
53,000
Kurux
3,800
Chhattisgarhi
3,600
Bundeli
3,000
Kharia
2,800
Mundari
1,200
Kuvi
1,000
Telugu
500
Munda
400
Bengali
300
Ho
70
Pengo
60
English
20
Marathi
20
Korwa
Primary Language Odia (65,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 18
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Hindi 53,000
  Kurux 3,800
  Chhattisgarhi 3,600
  Bundeli 3,000
  Kharia 2,800
  Mundari 1,200
  Kuvi 1,000
  Telugu 500
  Munda 400
  Bengali 300
  Ho 70
  Pengo 60
  English 20
  Marathi 20
  Korwa 10
People Groups Speaking Odia

Primary Language:  Odia

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1811-1956)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1809-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1815-2014)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
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 stories in Odia
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Odia
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
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)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel website in this language
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file from FCBH
Mobile App Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.24 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.64 %
Islam
0.04 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.07 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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