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Mahli in Bangladesh


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
42,000 Mahali Hinduism 1.43 % Unknown No   

Mahli in Bangladesh

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Introduction / History
The Mahali of Bangladesh are related to a much larger group called Santal, both groups being of the proto-Australoid race and speaking related languages.

Where are they located?
The Mahali, however, live in villages which are separate from Santali villages as well as separate from Bengali villages.

What are their lives like?
Also, nearly all Mahalis are basket weavers by trade, another feature which distinguishes them from Santals. This basket
trade is a family affair as Mahali children learn to weave bamboo into baskets of various shapes and sizes at a fairly young age.
Because of their basket trade, most Mahali villages are located along bus routes and are very near to markets where they sell their baskets.

What are their beliefs?
The Mahali of Bangladesh are nearly 100% Christian. Furthermore, they are nearly all Catholic, and there are Catholic mission schools near several Mahali villages. Thus, the younger generation of Mahali tend to have a basic education, though attendance at school is an issue. Few go on for higher education. One of their needs, then, could be for education beyond primary school. They could also benefit from job skills training as Bengalis are increasingly getting involved in the bamboo weaving business and therefore making it more difficult for Mahalis to make a living weaving baskets. Another need is training for church lay leaders. While the Mahali are primarily Christian, literacy is not widespread and many are unable to read the Bible and are therefore dependent on Christian lay leaders for gaining an understanding of the Bible.

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Country: Bangladesh
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:30 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:42,000
Largest Provinces:
Sylhet (18,000)Rangpur (12,000)
Chittagong (8,800)Rajshahi (1,500)
Khulna (1,100)Dhaka (200)
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People Name in Country: Mahli
People Name General: Mahli
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 106041
Joshua Project People ID: 13218
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 42,000
Population all Countries: 525,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Mahli
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Mahali (28,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mjx    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Bengali (9,400)Sylheti (5,100)
Assamese (400)Kok Borok (100)
Total Languages: 5
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity1.43 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism96.69 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown1.88 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 6   Greater than or equal to 10% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2020
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Mahli in Bangladesh

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People Cluster
    South Asia Hindu - other     Asia, South    
      Mahli Bangladesh    
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      Hinduism     Mahali  
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