Mali (Hindu traditions) in India


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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Mali are traditionally known as gardeners. The word Mali is derived from the Sanskrit word 'mala' (meaning garland). Many 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


Scripture Prayers for the Mali (Hindu traditions) in India.


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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Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-09-06
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-09-19
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-09-30
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-05-02
People Name General Mali (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Mali (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation MAH-lee
Population this Country 12,359,000
Population all Countries 12,562,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 247
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 Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 29
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Maharashtra
3,197,000
Rajasthan
2,005,000
Madhya Pradesh
844,000
Chhattisgarh
834,000
Uttar Pradesh
762,000
Odisha
683,000
Bihar
459,000
West Bengal
309,000
Haryana
308,000
Delhi
144,000
Punjab
119,000
Gujarat
108,000
Assam
94,000
Uttarakhand
62,000
Tripura
56,000
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 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 29  (only 20 largest shown)
  Maharashtra 3,197,000
  Rajasthan 2,005,000
  Madhya Pradesh 844,000
  Chhattisgarh 834,000
  Uttar Pradesh 762,000
  Odisha 683,000
  Bihar 459,000
  West Bengal 309,000
  Haryana 308,000
  Delhi 144,000
  Punjab 119,000
  Gujarat 108,000
  Assam 94,000
  Uttarakhand 62,000
  Tripura 56,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (3,409,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 60
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Marathi
2,663,000
Chhattisgarhi
627,000
Odia
581,000
Marwari
383,000
Dhundari
364,000
Bengali
351,000
Bhojpuri
257,000
Khandesi
144,000
Punjabi, Eastern
134,000
Haroti: Harauti
118,000
Mewari
116,000
Shekhawati
110,000
Gujarati
104,000
Telugu
101,000
Assamese
59,000
Primary Language Hindi (3,409,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 60
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Marathi 2,663,000
  Chhattisgarhi 627,000
  Odia 581,000
  Marwari 383,000
  Dhundari 364,000
  Bengali 351,000
  Bhojpuri 257,000
  Khandesi 144,000
  Punjabi, Eastern 134,000
  Haroti: Harauti 118,000
  Mewari 116,000
  Shekhawati 110,000
  Gujarati 104,000
  Telugu 101,000
  Assamese 59,000
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  (1835-2019)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.25 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.01 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.73 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
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Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more