Bhil Mavchi (Hindu traditions) in India

The Bhil Mavchi (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 Mavchi Bhil are an indigenous people who live in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat, all central and western states of India. They are classified as a scheduled tribe meaning that they are eligible for public jobs and special consideration for university admission. Most Mavchi reside in forests and hills much like their ancestors. The Mavchi speak a number of languages depending on where they live in India. These languages include Mawchi, Bhili, Hindi, and Marathi. A tiny number of Mavchi have become followers of Jesus Christ.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most Mavchi make their living working as agricultural laborers often on land that they do not own. Hunting, fishing and logging are also ways they make money or obtain food for their families. Women add to their income by making mats and bamboo items. Some work as domestics. Unfortunately, most Mavchi are unable to read and write. Illiteracy is especially high among the women. Children frequently quit school early to help their parents in the fields. Educated Mavchi have become teachers, physicians, merchants, and administrators. The Mavchi marry within their Bhili group. Cousin marriages are common. Monogamy or marriage to one spouse is the norm. Families arrange marriages. The girls are often married off at the young age of 11 or 12. Boys marry in their late teens. Newly wedded couples live with the groom’s family. Sons inherit their father’s property. Each village has its own priests and shrines. Village elders settle legal disputes and promote the Mavchi’s interests. The Mavchi are not vegetarians but as Hindus they do not eat beef.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Mavchi practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India with a strong element of folk religion. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Mavchi visit Hindu shrines 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 as Christians do. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. The main yearly holidays of the Mavchi people are 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. The caste system divides Hindus into four main categories - Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and the Shudras. Dalits and tribal peoples like the Mavchi are outside of the caste system.


What Are Their Needs?

As an impoverished tribal people, the Mavchi have many spiritual and physical needs. They need good schools and teachers for their children. The adults need to learn new job skills to escape the cycle of poverty. Most of all the Mavchi need to hear and understand the gospel of Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and grant them eternal life.


Prayer Points

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

* Pray that Indian believers will take the good news to the Mavchi Bhil. * Pray that God will raise up pastors, evangelists and church planters to serve the Mavchi Bhils. * Pray that God’s blessings will become a reality in the lives of the Mavchi as they seek Him. * Pray an unstoppable movement to Christ begin among Mavchi villages and families.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Bhil Mavchi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Bhil Mavchi (Hindu traditions)
Population this Country 497,000
Population all Countries 497,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 10
Alternate Names Manchi; Mavacha; Mavchi; Mawai; Mawci; भील मवची (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 21017
ROP3 Code 117868
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 5
Largest States
Madhya Pradesh
240,000
Maharashtra
180,000
Gujarat
77,000
Daman and Diu
100
Odisha
60
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 5
  Madhya Pradesh 240,000
  Maharashtra 180,000
  Gujarat 77,000
  Daman and Diu 100
  Odisha 60
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Mawchi (120,000 speakers)
Language Code mke   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 20
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bhili
119,000
Hindi
114,000
Marathi
50,000
Gujarati
22,000
Nimadi
21,000
Khandesi
16,000
Bareli, Pauri
14,000
Dangi
8,100
Vasavi
5,400
Bareli, Rathwi
2,500
Malvi
2,100
Dungra Bhil
1,900
Bareli, Palya
900
Ahirani
600
Urdu
200
Primary Language Mawchi (120,000 speakers)
Language Code mke   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 20
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bhili 119,000
  Hindi 114,000
  Marathi 50,000
  Gujarati 22,000
  Nimadi 21,000
  Khandesi 16,000
  Bareli, Pauri 14,000
  Dangi 8,100
  Vasavi 5,400
  Bareli, Rathwi 2,500
  Malvi 2,100
  Dungra Bhil 1,900
  Bareli, Palya 900
  Ahirani 600
  Urdu 200
People Groups Speaking Mawchi

Primary Language:  Mawchi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1976-1978)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1989)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Mawchi
General Gospel website in this language
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
1.09 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
97.63 %
Islam
0.76 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.51 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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