Mali (Hindu traditions) in India


Population
9,784,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
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Introduction / History

The Mali are traditionally known as gardeners. The word Mali is derived from the Sanskrit word 'mala' (meaning garland). Many of them are called 'phool' Mali, referring to their well-known occupation of growing flowers.

There is at least one group of Mali from Rajasthan who are considered to have originated from Rajput or warrior tribes and who are of a higher caste.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Mali are industrious workers and are known for their bravery in the disciplined forces.

Generally, they are differentiated according to their occupations. For example, those pursuing gardening are known as Baghban, those who cut and sell grass are called Sasia Mali and those growing flowers are Phool Mali. Many Malis live in towns and keep vegetable or flower gardens in the outskirts.

The Mali are also known for the preparation of 'Maur' or marriage crown both for the bride and the bridegroom at marriages. Marriage is forbidden between members of the same sect or first or second cousins. Unlike some Indian traditions, marriage of widows is permitted.

The dead may be either buried or burnt. In the former case the corpse is laid with the feet to the north.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Mali are mainly Hindus. Devi is their principal deity and marriages are performed in front of this deity. Devi is a local incarnation of 'Maha Kali', the warrior goddess and consort of Shiva. Animals are sacrificed to please her.


What Are Their Needs?

The Mali need to know Jesus as their saviour. Devi is believed to require appeasement through offerings and the goddess incites fear among her followers. On the other hand, Jesus is merciful, forgiving and loving.


Prayer Points

* Groups of Christians will regularly pray for the Mali;
* The Holy Spirit will guide Christians to best witness the gospel to the Mali;
* Preachers will be sent to preach the gospel to the Mali; and
* Great signs and wonders will be performed among the Mali to lead many to salvation


References

* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mali_caste
* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mali_%28phul%29
* http://www.sainiparivar.com/SainiTradition.aspx?SNo=140
* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahakali


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-09-06
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-09-19
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-09-30
People Name General Mali (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Mali (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 9,784,000
World Population 9,931,700
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 196 to 201
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Gandha, Gulpharosh, Mala Panickar, Malakar, Malakkar, Malakkaran, Malis, Mar, Marar, Patel, Phulia, Phulmali, Rathor, Sagbaria, Saini, Shrimali, माली (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 18786
ROP3 Code 114473
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 29
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Maharashtra
(3,052,000)
Rajasthan
(2,006,000)
Madhya Pradesh
(834,000)
Chhattisgarh
(817,000)
Uttar Pradesh
(748,000)
Odisha
(623,000)
Bihar
(454,000)
Haryana
(305,000)
West Bengal
(286,000)
Delhi
(141,000)
Punjab
(108,000)
Gujarat
(108,000)
Assam
(91,000)
Uttarakhand
(60,000)
Jharkhand
(47,000)
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 29  (only 20 largest shown)
  Maharashtra (3,052,000)
  Rajasthan (2,006,000)
  Madhya Pradesh (834,000)
  Chhattisgarh (817,000)
  Uttar Pradesh (748,000)
  Odisha (623,000)
  Bihar (454,000)
  Haryana (305,000)
  West Bengal (286,000)
  Delhi (141,000)
  Punjab (108,000)
  Gujarat (108,000)
  Assam (91,000)
  Uttarakhand (60,000)
  Jharkhand (47,000)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (3,387,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 58
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Marathi
(2,479,000)
Chhattisgarhi
(641,000)
Odia
(520,000)
Dhundari
(363,000)
Bengali
(313,000)
Marwari
(295,000)
Bhojpuri
(256,000)
Khandesi
(174,000)
Punjabi, Eastern
(124,000)
Haroti: Harauti
(119,000)
Mewari
(119,000)
Shekhawati
(110,000)
Gujarati
(106,000)
Assamese
(68,000)
Merwari
(68,000)
People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (3,387,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 58
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Marathi (2,479,000)
  Chhattisgarhi (641,000)
  Odia (520,000)
  Dhundari (363,000)
  Bengali (313,000)
  Marwari (295,000)
  Bhojpuri (256,000)
  Khandesi (174,000)
  Punjabi, Eastern (124,000)
  Haroti: Harauti (119,000)
  Mewari (119,000)
  Shekhawati (110,000)
  Gujarati (106,000)
  Assamese (68,000)
  Merwari (68,000)
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1818-2000)
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 Hindi Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video A Pilgrimage (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Aasha - Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Coconuts (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Haqeeqat Episode 6 (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
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 Ten Virgins (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.02 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.94 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.04 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Steve Evans  Creative Commons 
Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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