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.

Their staple cereals are rice and finger millets or Ragi. They smoke an indigenous cheroot or Chutta. Both men and women habitually drink toddy and arrak. The traditional occupation of the Mala is agricultural labour in the fields of land owning communities, and cotton weaving. They make crude drums out of cattle hides and are customarily employed to play on these drums during village festivals. 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.

The dead are buried in a sitting posture. They worship family deities such as Yellamma and ancestral spirits. Urkondi Irrana in Andhra Pradesh is their sacred centre. 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. They participate in cultural activities during Ambedkar Jayanthi.

Alternate names: Mala Asadhi, Dasari, Jangam, Kuravan, Masti, Panickar, Arayan.

Religion: Hindu, Animism


Prayer Points

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

For the salvation of the Mala people and that God may send several Christian workers among them and meet their spiritual and physical needs.
That God may deliver Mala people from the smoking cheroot and drinking toddy and arrak.


Profile Source:   India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-11-25
People Name General Mala (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Mala (Hindu traditions)
Population this Country 6,597,000
Population all Countries 6,597,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 132
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
4,722,000
Telangana
1,774,000
Chhattisgarh
31,000
Karnataka
23,000
Maharashtra
18,000
Madhya Pradesh
5,600
Puducherry
4,400
Tamil Nadu
4,300
Gujarat
4,200
Delhi
3,200
West Bengal
2,900
Odisha
1,600
Jharkhand
1,200
Kerala
900
Assam
600
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 4,722,000
  Telangana 1,774,000
  Chhattisgarh 31,000
  Karnataka 23,000
  Maharashtra 18,000
  Madhya Pradesh 5,600
  Puducherry 4,400
  Tamil Nadu 4,300
  Gujarat 4,200
  Delhi 3,200
  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  (1854-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
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National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture
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 Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Telugu
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Story
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 Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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