Mali (Hindu traditions) in Nepal


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Largest Religion
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* From latest Nepal 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.


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 Nepal.


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 16,000
Population all Countries 12,659,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
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 Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 10
Largest States
Janakpur
5,700
Narayani
5,500
Lumbini
2,000
Sagarmatha
1,200
Kosi
500
Bheri
400
Seti
400
Mechi
300
Bagmati
300
Gandaki
40
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 10
  Janakpur 5,700
  Narayani 5,500
  Lumbini 2,000
  Sagarmatha 1,200
  Kosi 500
  Bheri 400
  Seti 400
  Mechi 300
  Bagmati 300
  Gandaki 40
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Maithili (9,000 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri
3,700
Awadhi
1,000
Nepali
600
Magahi
60
Hindi
50
Rangpuri
30
Primary Language Maithili (9,000 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri 3,700
  Awadhi 1,000
  Nepali 600
  Magahi 60
  Hindi 50
  Rangpuri 30
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
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Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
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 video, anime
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Gospel resources links
General Gospel website in this language
General Zume Resources
General Zume Training
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Maithili
Text / Printed Matter Children and youth resources
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Maithili
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.14 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.86 %
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.
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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