Mallah Kewat (Hindu traditions) 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 Mallah of Uttar Pradesh usually go by the name of Nishad, which refers to a character from the Hindu myth the Ramayana. Nishad was a boatman in Prayag (Allahabad UP) who ferried Ram, Sita and Laskman across the river. From this tale, the Nishad take pride and consider their occupation as boatmen along the holy Ganges River carrying Hindu devotees as a high calling or holy occupation. They take pride in their heritage, even though they are considered a backward caste. They live along the major waterways of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They are poor and mostly illiterate. They are involved in boating and some fishing and sometimes in farming. They are strict about marrying within their own caste. The women are not often seen in public, although at times in Hindu pilgrimage areas such as Allahabad or Benares, you will see children and women of this caste selling flowers and incense for river worship purposes.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They are Hindus. As a general rule, Hindus worship the gods they believe are most likely to benefit them. For example, a boatman will worship the god whom he believes will provide safety.


What Are Their Needs?

They have needs for better education and medical care.


Prayer Points

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

* Pray for a breakthrough of the gospel in their communities that will lead to spiritual and social blessings. * Pray for new, inventive, powerful outreaches to these people. * Pray for gospel presentations through song and drama. *Pray for spiritual openness to the teachings of Jesus Christ.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Mallah Kewat (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Mallah Kewat (Hindu traditions)
Population this Country 299,000
Population all Countries 305,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 6
Alternate Names मल्लाह केवट (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 21346
ROP3 Code 118172
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 9
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
164,000
Bihar
108,000
Delhi
13,000
West Bengal
5,900
Jharkhand
5,400
Madhya Pradesh
1,400
Maharashtra
1,000
Uttarakhand
100
Tripura
90
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 9
  Uttar Pradesh 164,000
  Bihar 108,000
  Delhi 13,000
  West Bengal 5,900
  Jharkhand 5,400
  Madhya Pradesh 1,400
  Maharashtra 1,000
  Uttarakhand 100
  Tripura 90
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Hindi (193,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 14
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri
82,000
Maithili
10,000
Bengali
5,800
Bagheli
3,600
Awadhi
800
Magahi
800
Bundeli
600
Angika
500
Kanauji
500
Chhattisgarhi
300
Marathi
100
Haryanvi
100
Sadri
20
Primary Language Hindi (193,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 14
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri 82,000
  Maithili 10,000
  Bengali 5,800
  Bagheli 3,600
  Awadhi 800
  Magahi 800
  Bundeli 600
  Angika 500
  Kanauji 500
  Chhattisgarhi 300
  Marathi 100
  Haryanvi 100
  Sadri 20
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  (1835-2012)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
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Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
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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 Hindi
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
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 The Hope Video
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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