Mali (Hindu traditions) in India


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Subgroups: 82 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
Phulmali 357,000
Kadu 95,000
Bhoi 80,000
Kachi 80,000
Kahar 80,000
Kasi 80,000
Marar 76,000
Srimali 69,000
Jira 63,000
Unde 61,000

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


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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 9,779,000
World Population 9,928,700
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 196
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
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Group Mali (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25c
Total Subgroups 82 (only 15 largest shown)
  Phulmali 357,000
  Kadu 95,000
  Bhoi 80,000
  Kachi 80,000
  Kahar 80,000
  Kasi 80,000
  Marar 76,000
  Srimali 69,000
  Jira 63,000
  Unde 61,000
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 29
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Maharashtra
3,034,000
Rajasthan
1,998,000
Chhattisgarh
820,000
Madhya Pradesh
816,000
Uttar Pradesh
747,000
Odisha
628,000
Bihar
455,000
Haryana
305,000
West Bengal
285,000
Delhi
141,000
Punjab
108,000
Gujarat
108,000
Assam
91,000
Uttarakhand
61,000
Tripura
49,000
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 29  (only 20 largest shown)
  Maharashtra 3,034,000
  Rajasthan 1,998,000
  Chhattisgarh 820,000
  Madhya Pradesh 816,000
  Uttar Pradesh 747,000
  Odisha 628,000
  Bihar 455,000
  Haryana 305,000
  West Bengal 285,000
  Delhi 141,000
  Punjab 108,000
  Gujarat 108,000
  Assam 91,000
  Uttarakhand 61,000
  Tripura 49,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (3,377,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 58
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Marathi
2,481,000
Chhattisgarhi
644,000
Odia
522,000
Dhundari
363,000
Bengali
313,000
Marwari
295,000
Bhojpuri
256,000
Khandesi
150,000
Punjabi, Eastern
125,000
Haroti: Harauti
123,000
Mewari
119,000
Shekhawati
110,000
Gujarati
105,000
Telugu
92,000
Assamese
68,000
Other People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (3,377,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 58
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Marathi 2,481,000
  Chhattisgarhi 644,000
  Odia 522,000
  Dhundari 363,000
  Bengali 313,000
  Marwari 295,000
  Bhojpuri 256,000
  Khandesi 150,000
  Punjabi, Eastern 125,000
  Haroti: Harauti 123,000
  Mewari 119,000
  Shekhawati 110,000
  Gujarati 105,000
  Telugu 92,000
  Assamese 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
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
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 Father's 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)
Film / Video The Final Prodigal (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.02 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.93 %
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 latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


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