Mal in Thailand


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Introduction / History

Mal or Madi is the self-name of this group. They live in Laos and Thailand, with a small diaspora in the United States. The Thais and Lao commonly call them Htin or Tin, but this name is not used among themselves. The Mal people are related to the Phai ethnic group of Phongsali Province, further to the north. The Phai are believed to speak the same language as the Htin in Thailand, whereas the Mal language in Laos is different.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Mal are a poverty-stricken people. Their crops usually yield a poor harvest because of their slash-and-burn agricultural technique. When they come to some new land, Mal families combine to clear the land of rocks and burn down the trees. After one year the soil is depleted, so the Mal move on and find some new land, where they repeat the process. They will not return to land they have already used until it has been left fallow for ten years.
The Mal people prefer to marry within their own village, so often they marry their first cousins. This has led to some inbreeding. Couples live with the family of the bride until they have several children, at which time they move into their own house.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Mal are animists. Many villages have a resident shaman who conducts animistic ceremonies. There is also some Buddhist influence among the Mal in Laos.
Christian missionaries have ministered among the Mal in Thailand for many years. In 1992, a breakthrough occurred when a shaman named Bpan followed Christ. More than 100 Mal refugees from Laos followed Bpan's decision and were baptized.


What Are Their Needs?

This breakthrough was decades ago; they need more workers to take the gospel to them and disciple them in the ways of Jesus Christ. Hopefully, Mal believers are reaching their friends and family members. Like all peoples everywhere, the Mal people have old beliefs that need to be revised in accordance with God’s word.


Prayer Points

Pray the Mal believers in Laos would remain strong and continue to share their faith in the face of opposition.
Ask God to bless the work of missionaries among the Mal people.
Pray the Mal New Testament would be fully used among the Mal in both Laos and Thailand.


Scripture Prayers for the Mal in Thailand.


References

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Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Mal
People Name in Country Mal
Alternate Names Khatin; Lua; Tin; T'in
Population this Country 5,100
Population all Countries 44,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 2
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 18842
ROP3 Code 114651
ROP25 Code 304997
ROP25 Name Mal (Laos)
Country Thailand
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Nan province: east of Pua district and Chiang Kam, valley near northern Laos border.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Thailand
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Nan province: east of Pua district and Chiang Kam, valley near northern Laos border..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
6.00 %
Ethnic Religions
94.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Mal (5,100 speakers)
Language Code mlf   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Mal (5,100 speakers)
Language Code mlf   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Mal

Primary Language:  Mal

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1983)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1994-2015)
Bible-Complete No
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