Mahili, Mahle in Bangladesh


Population
31,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Mahali of Bangladesh are related to a much larger group called Santal, both groups being of the proto-Australoid race and speaking related languages.


Where Are they Located?

The Mahali, however, live in villages which are separate from Santali villages as well as separate from Bengali villages.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Also, nearly all Mahalis are basket weavers by trade, another feature which distinguishes them from Santals. This basket
trade is a family affair as Mahali children learn to weave bamboo into baskets of various shapes and sizes at a fairly young age.
Because of their basket trade, most Mahali villages are located along bus routes and are very near to markets where they sell their baskets.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Mahali of Bangladesh are nearly 100% Christian. Furthermore, they are nearly all Catholic, and there are Catholic mission schools near several Mahali villages. Thus, the younger generation of Mahali tend to have a basic education, though attendance at school is an issue. Few go on for higher education. One of their needs, then, could be for education beyond primary school. They could also benefit from job skills training as Bengalis are increasingly getting involved in the bamboo weaving business and therefore making it more difficult for Mahalis to make a living weaving baskets. Another need is training for church lay leaders. While the Mahali are primarily Christian, literacy is not widespread and many are unable to read the Bible and are therefore dependent on Christian lay leaders for gaining an understanding of the Bible.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Mahli
People Name in Country Mahili, Mahle
Population in Bangladesh 31,000
World Population 581,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached Yes
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Mahali, Maheli, Mahili, Mahle, Maliare, Malyar, Mhali, Nai, Navi, Nhavi, महली
People ID 13218
ROP3 Code 106041
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 35  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 6
Largest States
Sylhet (11,000) Rangpur (10,000) Chittagong (8,100)
Rajshahi (1,600) Khulna (800) Dhaka (60)
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 35  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 6
Sylhet (11,000) Rangpur (10,000)
Chittagong (8,100) Rajshahi (1,600)
Khulna (800) Dhaka (60)
Primary Language: Mahali (13,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: mjx   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Unknown
Total Languages: 5
Secondary Languages:
Sylheti (8,100) Bengali (6,100) Assamese (100)
Kok Borok (80)
Primary Language: Mahali (13,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: mjx   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 5
Secondary Languages:
Sylheti (8,100) Bengali (6,100)
Assamese (100) Kok Borok (80)
Primary Language: Mahali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
4.67 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
83.85 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
11.49 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source: Gerald Roberts  
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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