Sali in India


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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

The Sali of India (also called Saliar and Saliya) live in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka. They speak, read and write in Tamil and Malayalam. Some speak in Kannada and Telugu. Their name means weaver. They are not vegetarians and eat rice as their main cereal.

The Sali marry their cousins and have adult marriages through arrangement. Men can remarry. On the death of the father, property goes to all the children and all receive the same amount. The oldest son becomes in charge of the home. There are birth and marriage rituals and the dead are cremated.

The Sali work as weavers. Some of them work in cultivation and get money from the land while some are self-employed and others of them are laborers. They are Hindus by religion and worship village gods. They have Caste Associations that look after their welfare.

The Sali believe in education, modern medicine and family planning as well as other benefits available to them.


Prayer Points

* Pray that the leaders of the Caste Associations will come to Jesus Christ and lead others of the the Sali to salvation too.
* Pray that God will give them dreams and visions leading them to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that gospel materials will bring them to Jesus Christ.


References

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


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Sali
People Name in Country Sali
Population in India 1,317,000
World Population 1,320,400
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 26
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Aviri, Ayiri, Bahuttana, Bilimagga, Bilmagga, Calian, Chaliyan, Jamkhana, Karnasali, Kurahina Chetti, Kurahina Setty, Kurni, Kurnivasetti, Kuruhina Setty, Lingayat, Neelakanti, Neikar, Nesevadu, Nessi, Neygi, Padamsale, Padamsali, Padigarajulu, Padmasali, Padmasaliyar, Pandonsali, Pattaryan, Putuvan, Salapu, Salavi, Saleelu, Salhi, Salia, Salian, Saliar, Saliyan, Saliyar, Saluppan, Senapathi, Seniya, Sutsali, Tansali, साली
People ID 18002
ROP3 Code 113495
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Kannada
People Group Sali
Ethnic Code CNN23a
Total Subgroups on file 27
Largest Subgroups
(only 15 largest shown)
Padamsali
27,000
Neelkanthi
12,000
Kannada Sainigar
2,400
Pasupucheerala
2,400
Thellacheerala
2,400
Senapati
2,100
Chinnam
1,300
Kudumi Saliyar
1,200
Malayan
1,200
Valliyur
1,200
Chamar
700
Sukin
700
Ahir
600
Gujar
600
Lakul
600
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Kannada
People Group Sali
Ethnic Code CNN23a
Total Subgroups 27 (only 15 largest shown)
  Padamsali 27,000
  Neelkanthi 12,000
  Kannada Sainigar 2,400
  Pasupucheerala 2,400
  Thellacheerala 2,400
  Senapati 2,100
  Chinnam 1,300
  Kudumi Saliyar 1,200
  Malayan 1,200
  Valliyur 1,200
  Chamar 700
  Sukin 700
  Ahir 600
  Gujar 600
  Lakul 600
Country India
Region South Asia
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 14
Largest States
Karnataka
616,000
Maharashtra
406,000
Tamil Nadu
129,000
Kerala
68,000
Odisha
39,000
Telangana
36,000
Andhra Pradesh
13,000
Madhya Pradesh
3,400
Goa
2,400
Gujarat
2,400
Delhi
500
Chhattisgarh
400
Dadra and Nagar Have
40
West Bengal
20
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 14
  Karnataka 616,000
  Maharashtra 406,000
  Tamil Nadu 129,000
  Kerala 68,000
  Odisha 39,000
  Telangana 36,000
  Andhra Pradesh 13,000
  Madhya Pradesh 3,400
  Goa 2,400
  Gujarat 2,400
  Delhi 500
  Chhattisgarh 400
  Dadra and Nagar Have 40
  West Bengal 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Kannada (629,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
Telugu
274,000
Marathi
229,000
Malayalam
58,000
Tamil
51,000
Konkani
18,000
Odia
13,000
Konkani, Goan
8,700
Khandesi
7,800
Hindi
5,300
Ahirani
4,200
Tulu
3,300
Kui
300
Kurux
100
Gujarati
40
Other People Groups Speaking Kannada
Primary Language Kannada (629,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
  Telugu 274,000
  Marathi 229,000
  Malayalam 58,000
  Tamil 51,000
  Konkani 18,000
  Odia 13,000
  Konkani, Goan 8,700
  Khandesi 7,800
  Hindi 5,300
  Ahirani 4,200
  Tulu 3,300
  Kui 300
  Kurux 100
  Gujarati 40
People Groups Speaking Kannada

Primary Language:  Kannada

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1812-1988)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1823-1995)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1831-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text 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 Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Kannada
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 Kannada
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ಕನ್ನಡ - Kannada
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter International Bible Society
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
77.04 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
22.95 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


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