Mangala in Sri Lanka


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

Introduction / History

Mangala people are also called Mangali. The word mangala can mean "happiness" in Telugu. They have been given the name Mangala because they traditionally played flutes at weddings, and flutes were associated with happiness. Others were barbers. They have low status in Hindu culture.


Where Are they Located?

Mangala people live in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, but some also live in Sri Lanka.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They work as barbers, musicians, women as midwives, and hairdressers, and some work in government. Among the barbers, they train their boys to cut hair at age eight by turning an old earthen pot upside down and smearing it with damp mud. When the mud is dried, the boy shaves it off under the direction of an experienced barber.

Mangala people read and write in Telugu. They have a low regard for literacy, although they believe in education for their children. Like most people groups that are low on the Hindu pecking order, they are not vegetarians. Rice is their staple food.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Nearly all are Hindus, and the Mangalas are locked into Hindu culture, so they usually view accepting the lordship of Christ as a threat to their identity.


What Are Their Needs?

The primary need of Mangala people is to understand that Jesus Christ gave His life to pay the full penalty for all their sins, and He is worthy of all their devotion.


Prayer Points

Pray for gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Mangala people in Sri Lanka for Jesus and that in God's sovereign timing their hearts would be open and ready to follow Him.
Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group.
Pray for the spiritual lives of the Mangala people to become fruitful as they follow Christ.
Pray for the lives and culture of the Mangala people in Sri Lanka to evidence the rule and reign of the Kingdom of God as they open to the gospel, and for the beauty of Jesus to be seen in them.


Scripture Prayers for the Mangala in Sri Lanka.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/19068/CE
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/19068/IN
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2012/08/14
http://www.lankabusinessonline.com/message-from-sri-lankan-people-has-sunk-deep-into-unp-mangala/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Mangala
People Name in Country Mangala
Pronunciation MAHNG-gah-lah
Population this Country 700
Population all Countries 2,183,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bajantri; Dhimar; Dhivar; Hajam; Mahali; Mang; Mangali; Mangela; Nai; Napik; Navi; Nayadaru; Tandel; Vanjantri; Warik; मंगला
People ID 19068
ROP3 Code 115279
Country Sri Lanka
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file 3
Largest States
Central
300
Uva
200
Western
100
Country Sri Lanka
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States 3
  Central 300
  Uva 200
  Western 100
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Telugu (700 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Telugu (700 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
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
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 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
General Biblical answers to your questions
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Sri Lanka census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source JSE Ministries India 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more