Mali (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh


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Main Language
Largest Religion
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* From latest Bangladesh census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Mali are traditionally known as gardeners. The word Mali is derived from the Sanskrit word 'mala' (meaning garland). Many are called 'phool' Mali, referring to their well-known occupation of growing flowers.

There is at least one group of Mali from Rajasthan who are considered to have originated from Rajput or warrior tribes and who are of a higher caste.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Mali are industrious workers and are known for their bravery in the disciplined forces.

Generally, they are differentiated according to their occupations. For example, those pursuing gardening are known as Baghban, those who cut and sell grass are called Sasia Mali and those growing flowers are Phool Mali. Many Malis live in towns and keep vegetable or flower gardens in the outskirts.

The Mali are also known for the preparation of 'Maur' or marriage crown both for the bride and the bridegroom at marriages. Marriage is forbidden between members of the same sect or first or second cousins. Unlike some Indian traditions, marriage of widows is permitted.

The dead may be either buried or burnt. In the former case the corpse is laid with the feet to the north.


The Mali are industrious workers and are known for their bravery in the armed forces.
What Are Their Beliefs?

The Mali are mainly Hindus. Devi is their principal deity and marriages are performed in front of this deity. Devi is a local incarnation of 'Maha Kali ', the warrior goddess and consort of Shiva. Animals are sacrificed to please her.


What Are Their Needs?

The Mali need to know Jesus as their saviour. Devi is believed to require appeasement through offerings and the goddess incites fear among her followers. On the other hand, Jesus is merciful, forgiving and loving.


Prayer Points

Groups of Christians will regularly pray for the Mali;
The Holy Spirit will guide Christians to best witness the gospel to the Mali;
Preachers will be sent to preach the gospel to the Mali; and
Great signs and wonders will be performed among the Mali to lead many to salvation


Scripture Prayers for the Mali (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh.


References

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mali_caste
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mali_%28phul%29
http://www.sainiparivar.com/SainiTradition.aspx?SNo=140
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahakali


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Mali (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Mali (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation MAH-lee
Population this Country 177,000
Population all Countries 12,659,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 4
Alternate Names Gandha; Gulpharosh; Mala Panickar; Malakar; Malakkar; Malakkaran; Malis; Mar; Marar; Patel; Phulia; Phulmali; Rathor; Sagbaria; Saini; Shrimali; माली (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 18786
ROP3 Code 114473
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 29  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 7
Largest States
Sylhet
99,000
Dhaka
33,000
Chittagong
24,000
Rangpur
5,900
Rajshahi
4,000
Barisal
3,800
Khulna
3,300
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 29  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 7
  Sylhet 99,000
  Dhaka 33,000
  Chittagong 24,000
  Rangpur 5,900
  Rajshahi 4,000
  Barisal 3,800
  Khulna 3,300
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Sylheti (83,000 speakers)
Language Code syl   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Bengali
81,000
Chittagonian
9,000
Bishnupuriya
2,100
Assamese
1,200
Kok Borok
300
Primary Language Sylheti (83,000 speakers)
Language Code syl   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Bengali 81,000
  Chittagonian 9,000
  Bishnupuriya 2,100
  Assamese 1,200
  Kok Borok 300
People Groups Speaking Sylheti

Primary Language:  Sylheti

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1993)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2014)
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 Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Sylheti Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
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Text / Printed Matter Bible: Sylheti YouVersion Bibles
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 Bangladesh census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
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Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more