Mali, Hindu in Nepal



Population

14,000

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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 14,000
World Population 9,198,000
Countries 4
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Gandha, Gulpharosh, Mala Panickar, Malakar, Malakkar, Malakkaran, Malis, Mar, Marar, Patel, Phulia, Phulmali, Rathor, Sagbaria, Saini, Shrimali
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Mali, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN25c
People ID 18786
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file:  13  (up to 20 largest shown)
Janakpur (5,000) Narayani (4,900) Lumbini (1,800) Sagarmatha (1,100)
Kosi (500) Mechi (300) Rapti (200) Bheri (200)
Dhawalagiri (100) Gandaki (60) Bagmati (50) Seti (20)
Mahakali (0)
Total States on file:  13  (up to 20 largest shown)
Janakpur (5,000) Narayani (4,900)
Lumbini (1,800) Sagarmatha (1,100)
Kosi (500) Mechi (300)
Rapti (200) Bheri (200)
Dhawalagiri (100) Gandaki (60)
Bagmati (50) Seti (20)
Mahakali (0)
Languages & Dialects on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Maithili (8,700) Bhojpuri (4,000) Nepali (1,400) Awadhi (500)
Magahi (60) Rajbanshi (30) Hindi (30)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Maithili 8,700 Bhojpuri 4,000
Nepali 1,400 Awadhi 500
Magahi 60 Rajbanshi 30
Hindi 30

For Main Lanugage: Maithili


Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes
New Testament Yes   (2010)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
God's Story Video Film / Video
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Maithili Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Online Bible text (Scripture Earth) Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Oral Bible stories in Maithili Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.14 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.86 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Steve Evans   Creative Commons  
Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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