Brahmin, Malvi in India

Joshua Project has identified the Brahmin, Malvi only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

In the year 2000, a language survey team set out to survey the languages spoken in the Malva region, an area covering 10 districts of western Madhya Pradesh. Initial information suggested that Hindi is well understood in the region. Meeting with the people, travelling to villages, and collecting language data, a different picture began to emerge. Generally, Hindi is used in towns and cities. In the villages, the team concluded that a different language is spoken, which they refer to as Malvi.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Only 0.1% of Malvi speakers call themselves Christian. Most of them live in cities, and are comfortable using Hindi for their personal Bible study and worship. Ultimately, these Christians have stopped using Malvi as their mother tongue.

It was in this context that they met Rev. Masih, a Malvi speaker. Twenty years earlier, Rev. Masih had begun to travel to remote Malvi villages to show the Jesus film in Hindi. Sitting on floors plastered with mud, the people watched the film with enthusiasm. Though the viewers could not fully understand the dialogues in Hindi, they wanted to learn more about Jesus. "This experience burdened my heart for my people to have the Bible in Malvi," he told the team, so many years later. "I started translating the Gospel of John into Malvi." He passionately shared his vision with anyone willing to listen, but found no one willing to help publish the gospel.

Years later, he was commissioned to translate the Jesus film into Malvi. Once again he experienced the enthusiasm of Malvi speakers for their mother tongue. He was convinced that he must continue the translation work. As the language survey team was explaining their passion, his heart leapt. After decades of persistence, he was finally meeting with men who shared his vision and had a passion to publish the Scriptures in Malvi.

Now, nearly seven years later, the Malvi NT is going through final checking and getting ready for publication. God's Word in Malvi will communicate clearly the message from God. Rev. Masih believes, "He who began a good work in them will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ."

Prayer Points

* God to open doors for communicating the Gospel and for church planting by the Malvi among themselves, in a culturally acceptable manner.
* Malvi Christians to be strengthened and growi in their faith, providing a bold witness in the community.
* The translation checking to be completed well and God's Word to be well distributed, laying the foundations for an effective and strong Malvi church.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Brahmin, Malvi
People Name in Country Brahmin, Malvi
Population in India 77,000
World Population 77,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Malavi
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Brahmin, Malvi
Ethnic Code CNN25g
People ID 19961
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:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Madhya Pradesh (74,000) Maharashtra (3,300)
Total States on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Madhya Pradesh (74,000) Maharashtra (3,300)
Languages & Dialects on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Malvi (39,000) Hindi (37,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Malvi 39,000 Hindi 37,000
For Primary Language: Malvi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes
New Testament Yes   (1826)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Malvi Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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