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 9,100
World Population 9,100
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 (7,000) Kerala (1,400) Karnataka (800) Andhra Pradesh (60)
Pondicherry (20)
Total States on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Tamil Nadu (7,000) Kerala (1,400)
Karnataka (800) Andhra Pradesh (60)
Pondicherry (20)

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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 Main Lanugage: Tamil

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