Sali in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Sali are a group of people who live across south India. Their traditional occupation has been that of weaving silk and cotton. Their name means "weaver."
The Sali are known for producing beautiful silk saris. In some Indian states the Sali are a Scheduled Caste, which means they are entitled to special benefits in education and public employment.

Their primary language is Kannada. They also speak other regional languages like Telegu, Marathi, Malayalam and Tamil


Where Are they Located?

Most Sali live in the Indian states of Karnataka and Maharashtra. Some others live in areas in south, west and east India. A few Sali live in the island nation of Sri Lanka.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most Sali still engage in their ancient profession of weaving, dyeing and designing clothes in silk, cotton and other fibers. Some work in factories that produce cotton clothing. Others work in agricultural as laborers on others' land.

Most Sali are not vegetarians but they do not eat beef or pork. They main foods are rice, wheat, vegetables and fruit. They will not receive water or food from those outside the Hindu caste system.

The Sali are endogamous, that is they marry within their Varna or caste. Cousin marriages are popular. Adult marriages are the rule with families arranging the marriages with the consent of the young persons. Brahmin priests officiate at important life rituals. The dead are both cremated and buried.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Sali are proud of their strong Hindu tradition. Almost all Sali practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Shiva and Vishnu are given special worship are the supreme deities. The Sali visit Hindu temples to offer prayers, food, flowers and incense to their gods. Freedom from rebirth or moksha is achieved through rituals and good works.

The Sali participate in the yearly Hindu holidays of Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the nine-day celebration in autumn and Ganapati, the holiday that honors the god Ganesha. Their main festival is Rakhi Purnima that celebrates the love between brothers and sisters held in August.


What Are Their Needs?

The Sali need to hear and respond to the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. They need to see that the good news concerning Christ is for them not just for westerners. The Sali need to see the love and care of Jesus lived out in a concrete way before them.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Holy Spirit to work powerfully through those Christians ministering to the Sali people.
Pray for Sali families to be drawn to Jesus and to the Bible to find out more about this man, Jesus.
Pray that the Sali see that Jesus alone will save them from their sins.
Pray for a movement to Jesus to multiply among Sali families and communities.


Scripture Prayers for the Sali in India.


References

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swakula_Sali
facebook.com/swakul.sali.jiveshwar.pune.india/posts/1229879847063330
pattusali.in


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-01-26
People Name General Sali
People Name in Country Sali
Pronunciation sah-LEE
Population this Country 1,218,000
Population all Countries 1,221,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 24
Alternate Names Aviri; Ayiri; Bahuttana; Bilimagga; Bilmagga; Calian; Chaliyan; Jamkhana; Karnasali; Kurahina Chetti; Kurahina Setty; Kurni; Kurnivasetti; Kuruhina Setty; Lingayat; Neelakanti; Neikar; Nesevadu; Nessi; Neygi; Padamsale; Padamsali; Padigarajulu; Padmasali; Padmasaliyar; Pandonsali; Pattaryan; Putuvan; Salapu; Salavi; Saleelu; Salhi; Salia; Salian; Saliar; Saliyan; Saliyar; Saluppan; Senapathi; Seniya; Sutsali; Tansali; साली
People ID 18002
ROP3 Code 113495
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 14
Largest States
Maharashtra
479,000
Karnataka
456,000
Tamil Nadu
133,000
Kerala
80,000
Odisha
46,000
Telangana
4,000
Madhya Pradesh
4,000
Goa
2,400
Andhra Pradesh
2,200
Gujarat
1,400
Delhi
500
Chhattisgarh
400
Dadra and Nagar Have
50
West Bengal
30
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 14
  Maharashtra 479,000
  Karnataka 456,000
  Tamil Nadu 133,000
  Kerala 80,000
  Odisha 46,000
  Telangana 4,000
  Madhya Pradesh 4,000
  Goa 2,400
  Andhra Pradesh 2,200
  Gujarat 1,400
  Delhi 500
  Chhattisgarh 400
  Dadra and Nagar Have 50
  West Bengal 30
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Kannada (409,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 16
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Marathi
251,000
Telugu
226,000
Malayalam
61,000
Tamil
51,000
Konkani
17,000
Odia
13,000
Konkani, Goan
8,200
Khandesi
7,800
Ahirani
4,100
Hindi
3,900
Tulu
3,300
Saurashtra
1,700
Kui
200
Kurux
80
Gujarati
40
Primary Language Kannada (409,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 16
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Marathi 251,000
  Telugu 226,000
  Malayalam 61,000
  Tamil 51,000
  Konkani 17,000
  Odia 13,000
  Konkani, Goan 8,200
  Khandesi 7,800
  Ahirani 4,100
  Hindi 3,900
  Tulu 3,300
  Saurashtra 1,700
  Kui 200
  Kurux 80
  Gujarati 40
People Groups Speaking Kannada

Primary Language:  Kannada

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1812-1988)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1823-1995)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1827-2022)
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 Love letter to you from scripture
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
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 Kannada
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel resources links
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.39 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.38 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.23 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Biswarup Ganguly - Wikimedia  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source David Kugel  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more