Malasar in India

Joshua Project has identified the Malasar only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Malasar are a respected tribe from the state of Kerala. They speak to each other in a mixture of the Malayam and Tamil languages. They eat wild yams and rice. They cultivate ragi and many other kinds of millets.

The Malasar live in hamlets called Pathis and prefer to live in the plains. A village leader called Vendari does the administrative work helped by a Panchayat council.

The Malasar look strong. They do not look like others in the region. They work as laborers in the field and do such things as collecting forest produce.

Marriage is regarded highly among the Malasar. Child marriage is not allowed but adult marriage is common. Their culture has many rituals and rites. They celebrate when a girl comes to puberty and are known to bury the dead with their belongings.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They worship gods called Kali, Malung and Mariamman. They sacrifice goats and other animals as they believe this is needed to please these gods. They sacrifice in April once a year.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Malasar
People Name in Country Malasar
Population in India 9,400
World Population 9,400
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Mala, Malasir, Malayar, Malsar
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Tamil
People Name General Malasar
Ethnic Code CNN23c
People ID 17604
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Tamil Nadu (7,100) Kerala (1,500) Karnataka (800) Andhra Pradesh (60)
Pondicherry (20)
Total States on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Tamil Nadu (7,100) Kerala (1,500)
Karnataka (800) Andhra Pradesh (60)
Pondicherry (20)

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Enthologue Language Map

Ethnolinguistic map from University of Texas or other map

Languages & Dialects on file:  10  (up to 20 largest shown)
Tamil (7,600) Kannada (700) Malayalam (600) Telugu (300)
Tulu (100) Marathi (30) Hindi Konkani
Adi Urdu
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Tamil 7,600 Kannada 700
Malayalam 600 Telugu 300
Tulu 100 Marathi 30
Hindi 0 Konkani 0
Adi 0 Urdu 0
For Primary Language: Tamil

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1714-1956)
New Testament Yes   (1715-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1727-2002)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Old Version Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Audio Recordings
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
General Ministry Resources Audio Recordings
General Ministry Resources Film / Video
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Tamil Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture (Talking Bibles) Audio Recordings
Oral Bible Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.89 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.11 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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