Mal (Hindu traditions) in Nepal


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

Introduction / History

No longer will your name be Jacob, the man told him, but Israel, because you have fought with God and with men and have prevailed. Gen. 32:28, NET. The book of Genesis tells us that Jacob become Israel, the father of God’s people, in this way. He struggled with God himself and was tested, but he left the conflict strengthened and ready to fulfill his destiny. Israel, therefore, means "he who strives with God." Thousands of years later, another people would be known as wrestlers – Mal people in Nepal. Mal is a shortened form of a Sanskrit phrase that can mean wrestler or soldier.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Maithili is the primary language of Mal people in Nepal. Most are agricultural laborers with no land of their own, although they are also known for being watchmen or gatekeepers.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Every Mal is a Hindu and this people group celebrates its own festivals. Their form of Hinduism has become tied to the Mal identity. Hinduism is the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of India and Nepal, so it is very diverse. At the popular level Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews.


What Are Their Needs?

An ample supply of Christian resources has been available to them, but the Mal have a low literacy level, so the gospel must be presented orally. Audio and film presentations are available. Piercing intercessory prayer is needed to break through the spiritual barriers that keep the Mal people from the blessings of Jesus Christ.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Mal (Hindu traditions) in Nepal.

There are no known believers among the Mal people in Nepal. Pray for growth in both numbers and spiritual maturity. Pray that the Mal, the "wrestlers," will soon have an opportunity to be confronted by the true and living God. Pray that they, like Jacob, will persevere in faith and find their true purpose as children of God. Pray that God will give the Mal dreams and visions leading them to Jesus Christ. Pray that the community leaders among them will come to Jesus Christ and lead the others to salvation. Pray for Mal believers to disciple others who will in turn disciple others.


References

http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2020/02/23 http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2017/10/07


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Mal (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Mal (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation mahl
Population this Country 1,200
Population all Countries 1,795,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Malia; Malla; माल (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17424
ROP3 Code 112825
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 34  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 5
Largest States
Sagarmatha
500
Janakpur
400
Narayani
200
Kosi
60
Lumbini
50
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 34  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 5
  Sagarmatha 500
  Janakpur 400
  Narayani 200
  Kosi 60
  Lumbini 50
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Maithili (1,100 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri
100
Primary Language Maithili (1,100 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri 100
People Groups Speaking Maithili

Primary Language:  Maithili

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1986-2010)
Bible-Complete No
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 (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Maithili
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Good News
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Maithili
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file from FCBH
Text / Printed Matter Bible: jivən səndesh
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter The Ancient Path (Maithili)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
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 Nepal census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Copyrighted © 2021  Isudas  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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