Malto in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Introduction / History

The Malto live mainly in Bihar and West Bengal. They speak Mal Paharia among themselves and Hindi and read and write in Devanagari.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They are not vegetarians and eat wheat and rice as cereals. The Malto work in cultivation and other work. Some are teachers and politicians. Boys are educated but girls are not.
They allow for divorce and remarriage. Like other Hindus they cremate their dead. On the death of the father, sons inherit the property with the oldest son taking charge of the family estate.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Hinduism is their religion. They have their own rituals.


What Are Their Needs?

The Malto people have a Christian community, but they need discipleship. Some of them should go to other peoples in eastern India.


Prayer Points

Pray for Malto Christ followers to share their faith with others in eastern India.
Pray that gospel materials will lead them to Jesus Christ.
Pray that God will give them dreams and visions leading them to salvation.


Scripture Prayers for the Malto in India.


References

Singh, K. S., ed. “India's Communities A-Z”, Oxford University Press, USA 1999


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Malto
People Name in Country Malto
Alternate Names Kumarbhag; Mal Paharia; Malpaharia; Malti; मलटो
Population this Country 226,000
Population all Countries 262,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 2
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 17434
ROP3 Code 112837
ROP25 Code 304998
ROP25 Name Mal Paharia
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 10
Largest States
Jharkhand
161,000
West Bengal
53,000
Assam
7,000
Bihar
2,600
Odisha
200
Chhattisgarh
100
Meghalaya
100
Andaman and Nicobar
70
Arunachal Pradesh
50
Tripura
50
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 10
  Jharkhand 161,000
  West Bengal 53,000
  Assam 7,000
  Bihar 2,600
  Odisha 200
  Chhattisgarh 100
  Meghalaya 100
  Andaman and Nicobar 70
  Arunachal Pradesh 50
  Tripura 50
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.05 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
14.12 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
83.38 %
Islam
0.32 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.02 %
Unknown
2.11 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Mal Paharia (107,000 speakers)
Language Code mkb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 43
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bengali
43,000
Maithili
20,000
Hindi
4,600
Santhali
4,500
Sadri
3,700
Assamese
2,000
Newar
1,300
Magahi
500
Nepali
400
Bhojpuri
200
Kurux
200
Telugu
100
Pahari
100
Odia
80
Naga, Mao
80
Primary Language Mal Paharia (107,000 speakers)
Language Code mkb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 43
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bengali 43,000
  Maithili 20,000
  Hindi 4,600
  Santhali 4,500
  Sadri 3,700
  Assamese 2,000
  Newar 1,300
  Magahi 500
  Nepali 400
  Bhojpuri 200
  Kurux 200
  Telugu 100
  Pahari 100
  Odia 80
  Naga, Mao 80
People Groups Speaking Mal Paharia

Primary Language:  Mal Paharia

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1994)
Bible-New Testament Yes
Bible-Complete Yes  (2018)
Possible Print Bibles
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Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Mal Paharia Jesus Film Project
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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