Mala (Hindu traditions) in India

The Mala (Hindu traditions) have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Subgroups: 2

Subgroup Name Population
Asadi 17,000
Chokamala Unknown

Introduction / History

The Mala are also known as Adi-Andhra. They can be found in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Karnataka. They speak the Telugu language along with the regional languages and write in the Devanagari script. The Mala have various sub-groups such as Charu, Reddi, Parayan, and Bandari. The traditional occupation of the Mala is agricultural labor in the fields of land owning communities, and cotton weaving.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Now they work as shopkeepers and vegetable vendors and some work in cotton and oil mills. Some are employed in various government offices as teachers, doctors, administrators, engineers and in defense services.

Their staple cereals are rice and finger millets or ragi. Mala people smoke an indigenous cheroot or Chutta. Both men and women habitually drink toddy and arrak, both alcoholic drinks. They make crude drums out of cattle hides and are customarily employed to play these drums during village festivals. They participate in cultural activities during the Ambedkar Jayanthi festival.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Mala people worship family deities such as Yellamma and ancestral spirits. Urkondi Irrana in Andhra Pradesh is their sacred center. The Mala Dassari or Mala Jangam is a specialist who looks into sacred matters. Their services are always sought for funerals. They sing songs known as Pogatha in praise of the departed soul. They also sing devotional songs to Hindu gods.


What Are Their Needs?

The Mala people need to put their hope in the King of kings, realizing that he is the one who gives them worth and dignity.


Prayer Points

Pray for God to send several Christian workers to meet their spiritual and physical needs.

Pray that God may deliver Mala people from the smoking cheroot and drinking toddy and arrak.

Pray for spiritual hunger leading to a movement to Christ.


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


References

India Missions Association, Edited by Philipose Vaidyar, Copyrighted © Used with permission

http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2020/11/25

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mala_(caste)#:~:text=Mala%20is%20a%20Telugu%20caste,by%20the%


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-11-25
People Name General Mala (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Mala (Hindu traditions)
Population this Country 6,709,000
Population all Countries 6,709,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 134
Alternate Names Adi Andhra; Adi-Andhra; Antyaja; Arava Mala; Bajagiri; Banda; Chakkitakaray; Dhed; Harijan; Kalladimangan; Kalladisiddan; Kori; Landa; Landar; Landewaru; Mondi; Mondi Banda; Mondiwaru; Mondollu; Panchama; Parayan; माला (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17425
ROP3 Code 112826
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 27
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Andhra Pradesh
4,767,000
Telangana
1,791,000
Chhattisgarh
31,000
Karnataka
23,000
Maharashtra
18,000
Madhya Pradesh
5,700
Puducherry
4,400
Tamil Nadu
4,300
Gujarat
4,300
Delhi
3,300
West Bengal
2,900
Odisha
1,600
Jharkhand
1,200
Kerala
900
Assam
600
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 27  (only 20 largest shown)
  Andhra Pradesh 4,767,000
  Telangana 1,791,000
  Chhattisgarh 31,000
  Karnataka 23,000
  Maharashtra 18,000
  Madhya Pradesh 5,700
  Puducherry 4,400
  Tamil Nadu 4,300
  Gujarat 4,300
  Delhi 3,300
  West Bengal 2,900
  Odisha 1,600
  Jharkhand 1,200
  Kerala 900
  Assam 600
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Telugu (5,684,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Chhattisgarhi
1,200
Tamil
600
Kannada
100
Odia
80
Konkani
40
Primary Language Telugu (5,684,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Chhattisgarhi 1,200
  Tamil 600
  Kannada 100
  Odia 80
  Konkani 40
People Groups Speaking Telugu

Primary Language:  Telugu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1812-1966)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1818-1989)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1854-2022)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
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Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Telugu Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
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Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.21 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.16 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.62 %
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.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
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