Mala (Hindu traditions) in India

Joshua Project has identified the Mala (Hindu traditions) only in India
Population
5,898,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Mala are also known as Adi-Andhra. They can be found in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Karnataka. They speak the Telugu language along with the regional languages and write in the Devanagari script. The Mala have various sub-groups such as Charu, Reddi, Parayan, and Bandari.

Their staple cereals are rice and finger millets or Ragi. They smoke an indigenous cheroot or Chutta. Both men and women habitually drink toddy and arrak. The traditional occupation of the Mala is agricultural labour in the fields of land owning communities, and cotton weaving. They make crude drums out of cattle hides and are customarily employed to play on these drums during village festivals. They work as shopkeepers and vegetable vendors and some work in cotton and oil mills. Some are employed in various government offices as teachers, doctors, administrators, engineers and in defense services.

The dead are buried in a sitting posture. They worship family deities such as Yellamma and ancestral spirits. Urkondi Irrana in Andhra Pradesh is their sacred centre. The Mala Dassari or Mala Jangam is a specialist who looks into sacred matters. Their services are always sought for funerals. They sing songs known as Pogatha in praise of the departed soul. They also sing devotional songs. They participate in cultural activities during Ambedkar Jayanthi.

Alternate names: Mala Asadhi, Dasari, Jangam, Kuravan, Masti, Panickar, Arayan.

Religion: Hindu, Animism


Prayer Points

* For the salvation of the Mala people and that God may send several Christian workers among them and meet their spiritual and physical needs.
* That God may deliver Mala people from the smoking cheroot and drinking toddy and arrak.


Profile Source:   India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  

People Name General Mala (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Mala (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 5,898,000
World Population 5,898,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 118 to 123
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Adi Andhra, Adi-Andhra, Antyaja, Arava Mala, Bajagiri, Banda, Chakkitakaray, Dhed, Harijan, Kalladimangan, Kalladisiddan, Kori, Landa, Landar, Landewaru, Mondi, Mondi Banda, Mondiwaru, Mondollu, Panchama, Parayan, माला (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17425
ROP3 Code 112826
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 28
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Andhra Pradesh
(3,926,000)
Telangana
(1,862,000)
Chhattisgarh
(27,000)
Tamil Nadu
(26,000)
Karnataka
(23,000)
Maharashtra
(14,000)
Madhya Pradesh
(5,100)
Gujarat
(3,800)
West Bengal
(3,200)
Delhi
(2,900)
Jharkhand
(1,500)
Odisha
(1,400)
Kerala
(800)
Assam
(600)
Puducherry
(400)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 28  (only 20 largest shown)
  Andhra Pradesh (3,926,000)
  Telangana (1,862,000)
  Chhattisgarh (27,000)
  Tamil Nadu (26,000)
  Karnataka (23,000)
  Maharashtra (14,000)
  Madhya Pradesh (5,100)
  Gujarat (3,800)
  West Bengal (3,200)
  Delhi (2,900)
  Jharkhand (1,500)
  Odisha (1,400)
  Kerala (800)
  Assam (600)
  Puducherry (400)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Telugu (5,530,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
Kannada
(11,000)
English
(4,000)
Chhattisgarhi
(500)
Tamil
(300)
Konkani, Goan
(70)
Odia
(50)
Konkani
(40)
People Groups Speaking Telugu
Primary Language Telugu (5,530,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
  Kannada (11,000)
  English (4,000)
  Chhattisgarhi (500)
  Tamil (300)
  Konkani, Goan (70)
  Odia (50)
  Konkani (40)
People Groups Speaking Telugu

Primary Language:  Telugu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1812-1966)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1818-1989)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1854-2002)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Telugu
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Telugu
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Pearl of Great Price (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.19 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.27 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.54 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2017  Anonymous  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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