Mahishya in Bangladesh
pronounced: mah-hee-shee-AH

Agriculture is the traditional occupation of the Mahishya or "Sadgop" people, whom Hindus believe to be the descendants of Krishna. Modern Mahishya are still a primarily agricultural people, though they are landowners, marking them as part of an upper class. The Mahishya speak mainly Bengali, though some also speak Hindi or Oriya. Women have a significant part in the ritual performances of marriage, and monogamy (one husband with one wife) is the norm among the Mahishya. On a daily basis, their women worship Lakshmi, the goddess of good fortune. Their village deities include Dharmaraj, Manasa, and Shiva.

Ministry Obstacles: It may be difficult to introduce a monotheistic God to a people who believe in many gods. Each deity has a stronghold in common cultural thought and practice. Further, the tendency of Hindu practitioners is simply to accept Jesus as one more god to add to their pantheon.

Outreach Ideas: Perhaps a possible outreach avenue could be to teach the Mahishya about the price paid by Christ for his bride, and the role that we have in accepting His invitation.

Scripture Focus: "Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces." Psalm 34:5

Scripture Prayer: May there be many from this people group who look only to the Lord for help, and may they be filled with joy and peace.

Prayer Focus: Pray for the few believers among the Mahishya to be bold in proclaiming Christ. Pray that the Mahishya would be open to the gospel and that the kingdom of God would be sown liberally in their hearts and communities.


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