The Mal marry only within their own people group. They are divided into about five sub-castes, and many clans. The marriage symbols for women are vermilion and iron bangles. Most of the Mal are landless laborers. Some sell wood and work as laborers in road construction and forests. They follow both traditional and Hindu religious practices, worshiping Baram, Aram, Gotasila, Rangini, Sitala, Manasa and other deities. They place the Brahmin above themselves and the Kudmi, Bhumij and Santhal below themselves in the caste hierarchy. They live in India and Nepal, as well as in Bangladesh.
Lack of workers inhibits the advance of the Gospel throughout South Asia. Jesus said to pray for workers.
Much sustained and focused prayer is needed to overcome severe spiritual resistance to the advance of Christ's kingdom throughout South Asia. Please pray for prayer groups and prayer networks to form within South Asia, and without.
Even though there is no indication today of followers of Jesus among the Mal people, we should pray for those who will soon come to Christ. Pray they will be zealous to know and serve the Lord, and will demonstrate the fruit of God's Spirit, love, joy, and peace.
Please pray for the people of the Mal community, in India, Bangladesh, and Nepal. Pray the Lord will send workers to tell them about Jesus. Pray he will prepare them for this, and that they will be given understanding. The worldview of the Hindu is very different from that of the Christian.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|Persecution Rank||26 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||6|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Bengali (21,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||ben Ethnologue Listing|
|Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Bengali|
Primary Language: Bengali
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1801-1984)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum of Bible Agencies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Bengali Bible stories|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible stories in Bengali|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Following Jesus (India, JF Project)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||I Am Guilty (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Bengali|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)|
|Film / Video||Rivka (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|Film / Video||The Burning Heart (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws|