Malayali in Maldives


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

Introduction / History

You may have heard of the Maldives Islands. But do you know where this island nation is located? Maldives, officially the Republic of Maldives, is a small island state in South Asia, situated in the Arabian Sea of the Indian Ocean. It lies southwest of Sri Lanka and India, about 700 kilometers from the Asian continent's mainland. The country consists of 1192 islands. Of these 185 are inhabited. The last Buddhist king of the Maldives converted to Islam in 1153. Later the Maldives were colonies of Portugal, the Netherlands and Great Britain. The Maldives became an independent from the UK in 1953. The Maldives is the lowest nation in the world with an average height of only 2.4 meters. Rising sea levels pose a threat to the existence of the islands. It is estimated that the inhabited islands may have to be evacuated by 2100 if present trends continue. The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami devasted the low lying islands drowning many and doing millions of dollars of damage. The original home of the Malayali people is southwestern India. During the era of the British Empire, thousands Malayalis left India to work as laborers in East Africa, Malaysia and the Persian Gulf. Some came to the Maldives. Malayalis speak Malayalam at home, Dhivehi with their neighbors and English in their businesses and with tourists.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Fishing is the main industry of the Maldives. Malayali people are involved in the catching, selling and exporting of fish. Unfortunately, the number of fish in Maldivian waters is declining due to the industrial fishing methods of European, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean fishermen. Tourism is the second leading industry in the Maldives. The islands boast of 134 resorts and hotels. Swimming, scuba diving, sports fishing and bar hopping are popular among the tourists who visit the Maldives. Wealthy, educated Malayalis often own and operate the resorts and restaurants. Middle and lower class often Malayalis often work in the tourist industry. Traditional ways of doing things are very important to the Malayalis. For the process of engagement and marriage, for example, they have elaborate rituals involving almost all of the family, multiple ceremonial visitations, traditional scripts to be recited, and a bridal price to be paid. Family is very important to the Malayalis, and they are not afraid of going out of their ways or being inconvenienced for the sake of family. Malayali parents strongly encourage their children to obtain college degrees and to marry within their people, culture and religion.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Malayali form of Hinduism is influenced by animism. The Malayali worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain "moksha" or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Malayali visit Hindu shrines 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 as Christians do. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. The main yearly holidays of the Malayali people are Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the celebration of autumn and Rama Navami, Rama’s birthday. A tiny fraction of the Malayalis in the Maldives claims to be followers of Jesus Christ.


What Are Their Needs?

Malayalis of the Maldives need to understand the gaining material wealth will not grant them the happiness they are seeking. Jesus Christ is not just another Hindu god or guru. He is the Lord and Savior of the world. Lower caste Malayalis need help in gaining access to modern medical care and getting their children into schools.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Malayali in Maldives.

Ask the Lord to send workers to share the good news with the Malayalis. Pray that the believers would reach out and establish redemptive relationships with the Malayalis. Pray for a Disciple Making Movement among the Malayalis in the Maldives in this decade.


References

https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/teachers-kerala-stuck-maldives-worried-about-govt-orders-stay-or-resign-123947
https://theprint.in/india/698-repatriated-indians-arrive-from-the-maldives-on-naval-ship-ins-jalashwa/418225/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indians_in_the_Maldives
https://www.onmanorama.com/travel/travel-news/2018/07/28/maldives-honeymooners-from-kerala-destination.html


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Malayali
People Name in Country Malayali
Population this Country 900
Population all Countries 1,597,000
Total Countries 13
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Cochin Jew; Malai Gounden; Malai Jati; Malaikaran; Male Gounder; Moplah; मलयाली
People ID 17433
ROP3 Code 112836
Country Maldives
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Maldives
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Malayalam (900 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Malayalam (900 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Malayalam

Primary Language:  Malayalam

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1811-1968)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1829-1995)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1841-2016)
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 Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Malayalam
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel website in this language
General Gospel website in this language
General Gospel website in this language
General Gospel website in this language
General Gospel website in this language
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
13.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
85.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Maldives census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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