Mahli in Bangladesh


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
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.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Mahli in Bangladesh.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Mahli
People Name in Country Mahli
World Population 440,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Mahali; Maheli; Mahili; Mahle; Maliare; Malyar; Mhali; Nai; Navi; Nhavi; महली
People ID 13218
ROP3 Code 106041
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 6
Largest States
Sylhet
11,000
Rangpur
9,900
Chittagong
7,900
Rajshahi
1,600
Khulna
800
Dhaka
60
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 6
  Sylhet 11,000
  Rangpur 9,900
  Chittagong 7,900
  Rajshahi 1,600
  Khulna 800
  Dhaka 60
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Mahali (13,000 speakers)
Language Code mjx   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Sylheti
8,100
Bengali
6,100
Assamese
100
Tippera
Primary Language Mahali (13,000 speakers)
Language Code mjx   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Sylheti 8,100
  Bengali 6,100
  Assamese 100
  Tippera
People Groups Speaking Mahali

Primary Language:  Mahali

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Started

Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
4.58 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
87.73 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
7.69 %
Photo Source Gerald Roberts 
Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest Bangladesh census data.  Current values may differ.