Sali in India


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Subgroups: 27 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
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

Introduction / History

The Sali are a group of people who live across south India. Their traditional occupation has been that of weaving silk and cotton. Their name means "weaver."
The Sali are known for producing beautiful silk saris. In some Indian states the Sali are a Scheduled Caste, which means they are entitled to special benefits in education and public employment.

Their primary language is Kannada. They also speak other regional languages like Telegu, Marathi, Malayalam and Tamil


Where Are they Located?

Most Sali live in the Indian states of Karnataka and Maharashtra. Some others live in areas in south, west and east India. A few Sali live in the island nation of Sri Lanka.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most Sali still engage in their ancient profession of weaving, dyeing and designing clothes in silk, cotton and other fibers. Some work in factories that produce cotton clothing. Others work in agricultural as laborers on others' land.

Most Sali are not vegetarians but they do not eat beef or pork. They main foods are rice, wheat, vegetables and fruit. They will not receive water or food from those outside the Hindu caste system.

The Sali are endogamous, that is they marry within their Varna or caste. Cousin marriages are popular. Adult marriages are the rule with families arranging the marriages with the consent of the young persons. Brahmin priests officiate at important life rituals. The dead are both cremated and buried.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Sali are proud of their strong Hindu tradition. Almost all Sali practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Shiva and Vishnu are given special worship are the supreme deities. The Sali visit Hindu temples to offer prayers, food, flowers and incense to their gods. Freedom from rebirth or moksha is achieved through rituals and good works.

The Sali participate in the yearly Hindu holidays of Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the nine-day celebration in autumn and Ganapati, the holiday that honors the god Ganesha. Their main festival is Rakhi Purnima that celebrates the love between brothers and sisters held in August.


What Are Their Needs?

The Sali need to hear and respond to the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. They need to see that the good news concerning Christ is for them not just for westerners. The Sali need to see the love and care of Jesus lived out in a concrete way before them.


Prayer Points

* Pray for the Holy Spirit to work powerfully through those Christians ministering to the Sali people.
* Pray for Sali families to be drawn to Jesus and to the Bible to find out more about this man, Jesus.
* Pray that the Sali see that Jesus alone will save them from their sins.
* Pray for a movement to Jesus to multiply among Sali families and communities.


References

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swakula_Sali
facebook.com/swakul.sali.jiveshwar.pune.india/posts/1229879847063330
pattusali.in


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

People Name General Sali
People Name in Country Sali
Population in India 1,301,000
World Population 1,304,400
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 26
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 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
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
604,000
Maharashtra
404,000
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 604,000
  Maharashtra 404,000
  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 (618,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
Telugu
274,000
Marathi
230,000
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
Primary Language Kannada (618,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
  Telugu 274,000
  Marathi 230,000
  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
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
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
77.57 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
22.43 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source David Kugel  
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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