Mali, Hindu in Nepal

Population

12,300

Christian

0.04%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Anonymous


Introduction / History

The Mali are traditionally known as gardeners. The word Mali is derived from the Sanskrit word 'mala' (meaning garland). Many of them are called 'phool' Mali, referring to their well-known occupation of growing flowers.

There is at least one group of Mali from Rajasthan who are considered to have originated from Rajput or warrior tribes and who are of a higher caste.


What are Their Lives Like?

The Mali are industrious workers and are known for their bravery in the disciplined forces.

Generally, they are differentiated according to their occupations. For example, those pursuing gardening are known as Baghban, those who cut and sell grass are called Sasia Mali and those growing flowers are Phool Mali. Many Malis live in towns and keep vegetable or flower gardens in the outskirts.

The Mali are also known for the preparation of 'Maur' or marriage crown both for the bride and the bridegroom at marriages. Marriage is forbidden between members of the same sect or first or second cousins. Unlike some Indian traditions, marriage of widows is permitted.

The dead may be either buried or burnt. In the former case the corpse is laid with the feet to the north.


What are Their Beliefs?

The Mali are mainly Hindus. Devi is their principal deity and marriages are performed in front of this deity. Devi is a local incarnation of 'Maha Kali', the warrior goddess and consort of Shiva. Animals are sacrificed to please her.


What are Their Needs?

The Mali need to know Jesus as their saviour. Devi is believed to require appeasement through offerings and the goddess incites fear among her followers. On the other hand, Jesus is merciful, forgiving and loving.


Prayer Points

* Groups of Christians will regularly pray for the Mali;
* The Holy Spirit will guide Christians to best witness the gospel to the Mali;
* Preachers will be sent to preach the gospel to the Mali; and
* Great signs and wonders will be performed among the Mali to lead many to salvation

References

* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mali_caste
* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mali_%28phul%29
* http://www.sainiparivar.com/SainiTradition.aspx?SNo=140
* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahakali



Profile Source: Anonymous

People Name General Mali, Hindu
People Name in Country Mali, Hindu
Population in Nepal 12,300
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Malakar, Mar, Marar, Phulmali
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Mali, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN25c
Country Nepal
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Maithili 6,900 Nepali 3,800 Bhojpuri 2,700 Awadhi 500
Hindi 300 Rajbanshi 200 Bantawa 50 Bengali 20
Angika 10
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Maithili 6,900 Nepali 3,800
Bhojpuri 2,700 Awadhi 500
Hindi 300 Rajbanshi 200
Bantawa 50 Bengali 20
Angika 10
Largest Religion Hinduism
Buddhism
0.22%
Christianity
0.04%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
0.00%
Hinduism
99.64%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.04%
Unknown
0.07%
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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