Malasar in India

The Malasar have only been reported in India
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Largest Religion
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* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Introduction / History

Quite a number of tribal communities thrive in the State of Kerala; the Malasar tribe is one of the important ones among them.

Operation World states, "India's ancient, complex, and often difficult to understand past, its racial, ethnic, religious and linguistic diversity, and the caste system, all make detailed population analysis very difficult."


Where Are they Located?

They are located in the southwestern tip of India. The Malasar live in hamlets called Pathis and prefer to live in the plains.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They speak to one another in a mixture of the Malayam and Tamil languages. They eat wild yams and rice as staple foods. They cultivate many kinds of millet.

A village leader called Vendari does the administrative work, helped by a Panchayat council.

Malasar appear strong, unlike others in the region. They work as laborers in the field and collect forest produce.

Marriage is regarded highly among Malasar people. Child marriage is not allowed, but adult marriage is common. Their culture has many rituals and rites, including a girl's entrance into puberty. They are known to bury the dead with their belongings.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They worship gods called Kali, Mallung and Mariamman. They sacrifice goats and other animals as they believe this is needed to please these gods. They sacrifice in April, once each year.


What Are Their Needs?

Although there are many scriptural resources available to Malasar people in Tamil language, they do not yet know about them. Someone must tell them.


Prayer Points

Pray that disciples will go to the Malasar people, and show them the saving grace of Lord Jesus.
Pray that they will discover the many resources available in their language.
Pray that they will see their need of the only sin-bearer, and receive their gift of everlasting life.


Scripture Prayers for the Malasar in India.


References

http://www.indianetzone.com/9/malasar_tribe.htm


Profile Source:   Karent Hightower  

People Name General Malasar
People Name in Country Malasar
Alternate Names Mala; Malasir; Malayar; Malsar; मालसर
Population this Country 12,000
Population all Countries 12,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 17604
ROP3 Code 113035
ROP25 Code 305024
ROP25 Name Malasar
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 5
Largest States
Tamil Nadu
7,600
Kerala
3,800
Karnataka
70
Andhra Pradesh
60
Puducherry
20
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 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 5
  Tamil Nadu 7,600
  Kerala 3,800
  Karnataka 70
  Andhra Pradesh 60
  Puducherry 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.15 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.77 %
Islam
0.06 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.02 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Tamil (8,100 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Malayalam
1,500
Telugu
100
Kannada
100
Tulu
20
Primary Language Tamil (8,100 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Malayalam 1,500
  Telugu 100
  Kannada 100
  Tulu 20
People Groups Speaking Tamil

Primary Language:  Tamil

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1714-1956)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1715-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1727-2024)
FCBH NT (www.bible.is) Online
YouVersion NT (www.bible.com) Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources General / Other
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture Talking Bibles
Audio Recordings Recorded oral Bible Oral Bibles
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tamil Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rivka video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Comprehensive list of Tamil Resources General / Other
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Karent Hightower 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.



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