Mala Dasari in India

Mala Dasari
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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Mala Dasari
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 31,000
World Population: 31,000
Primary Language: Telugu
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Dasari of Andhra Pradesh speak a form of Telugu. Hinduism is their religion but they also worship their ancestors. They are not vegetarians and eat rice as a cereal. They prefer marriage between cousins. The bereaved and divorced can marry again. The dead are buried. On the death of the father, sons inherit the property with the oldest son becoming in charge of the home. Their traditional work is in temple service. Some of them work in business and agriculture. Modern and traditional medicines are used by them.

In Karnataka the Dasari speak, read and write in Kannada. In Tamil Nadu the Desari speak Telugu and Tamil and read and write in Tamil. They perform death rites in burial grounds as their main occupation. Some of them work as laborers. They observe birth and marriage rituals. The dead are cremated or buried. They are landless.

Prayer Points

* Pray that God gives them dreams and visions leading them to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that Indian Christians and gospel materials lead them to salvation.

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