Mala in India

Joshua Project has identified the Mala only in India

Population

5,386,000

Christian

0.25%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar


Introduction / History

The Mala are also known as Adi-Andhra. They can be found in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Karnataka. They speak the Telugu language along with the regional languages and write in the Devanagari script. The Mala have various sub-groups such as Charu, Reddi, Parayan, and Bandari.

Their staple cereals are rice and finger millets or Ragi. They smoke an indigenous cheroot or Chutta. Both men and women habitually drink toddy and arrak. The traditional occupation of the Mala is agricultural labour in the fields of land owning communities, and cotton weaving. They make crude drums out of cattle hides and are customarily employed to play on these drums during village festivals. They work as shopkeepers and vegetable vendors and some work in cotton and oil mills. Some are employed in various government offices as teachers, doctors, administrators, engineers and in defense services.

The dead are buried in a sitting posture. They worship family deities such as Yellamma and ancestral spirits. Urkondi Irrana in Andhra Pradesh is their sacred centre. The Mala Dassari or Mala Jangam is a specialist who looks into sacred matters. Their services are always sought for funerals. They sing songs known as Pogatha in praise of the departed soul. They also sing devotional songs. They participate in cultural activities during Ambedkar Jayanthi.

Alternate names: Mala Asadhi, Dasari, Jangam, Kuravan, Masti, Panickar, Arayan.

Religion: Hindu, Animism


Prayer Points

* For the salvation of the Mala people and that God may send several Christian workers among them and meet their spiritual and physical needs.
* That God may deliver Mala people from the smoking cheroot and drinking toddy and arrak.



Profile Source: India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar Copyrighted ©: Yes Used with permission
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Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country
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People Name General Mala
People Name in Country Mala
ROP3 Code 112826
Joshua Project People ID 17425
Indigenous Yes
Population in India 5,386,000
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names for People Group Adi Andhra, Antyaja, Arava Mala, Dhed, Harijan, Kori, Panchama, Parayan,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Telugu 5,453,894 Kannada 7,210 Chhattisgarhi 500 Tamil 330
Oriya 105 English 80 Konkani, Goan 70 Konkani 40
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Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Telugu
People Name General Mala
Ethnic Code CNN23d
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Largest Religion Hinduism
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
0.25%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
0.00%
Hinduism
99.75%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
0.00%
Protestant
0.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
0.00%
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl
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