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Aray Mala in India

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
5,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Aray Mala in India

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Introduction / History
The Aray Mala are a subgroup of the greater Mala peoples who are Dalits from southern India. Dalits are beneath the four major Hindu caste groupings, which mean they have very low status in India. However, because of their low status, they are eligible for public jobs and special consideration for university admissions.

The main language of the Aray is Telegu. Smaller groups also speak Kannada and Marathi as their first language. Many Christian resources are available in Telugu including a whole Bible and JESUS Film.

Where are they located?
The small Aray Mala people group is scattered throughout Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

What are their lives like?
Most of the Aray Mala work in agriculture as landless laborers. Their children often have to join their parents working in the fields to help support their families. Most are illiterate or functionally illiterate. The Aray Mala live lives of poverty. If local crops fail, they can face starvation. As Dalits, they receive discrimination with regards to employment and education. Even if an Aray person learns a new job skill, they are often not hired due to their Dalit status.

The most rural Aray live in villages without electricity, indoors plumbing and access to modern medicine. Clean water is also an issue and many Aray children die young due to the unsafe water they drink. Life expectancy is low for the Aray Mala.
Many young people are moving to cities seeking a better life for themselves and for their children. They take any job they can get including as factory workers, streets, sweepers, ditch diggers, and security guards.

What are their beliefs?
The Aray Mala people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

The main yearly holidays of the Aray Mala people are Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.

What are their needs?
The Aray have many needs. They need help in educating their children and in gaining new job skills. They need the benefits of modern medicine. Solar panels could bring electricity to Aray villages. Most of all, the Aray need to hear and understand the message of Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and bring them hope for a better tomorrow.

Prayer Points
Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Aray Mala people teachable and understanding hearts.
Pray that a strong movement of the Holy Spirit will bring entire Aray Mala families into a rich experience of God's blessing.
Pray for Aray Mala families to be drawn by the Holy Spirit to seek forgiveness, and to understand the adequacy of Christ's work on the cross.
Pray for teams of believers to do sustained, focused prayer for the Lord to open the hearts of Aray Mala family leaders to experience God's blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.


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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:11 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:5,000
Largest States:
Telangana (2,300)Andhra Pradesh (1,700)
Tamil Nadu (500)Maharashtra (300)
Karnataka (100)Goa (10)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Aray Mala
People Name General: Aray Mala
Alternate People Names:
Arevalअरे माला
ROP3 Code: 111349
Joshua Project People ID: 16233
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 5,000
Population all Countries: 5,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
People Name General: Aray Mala
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Telugu (3,600 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tel    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Kannada (500)Tamil (100)
Marathi (90)
Total Languages: 4
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.14 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.86 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
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
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1812-1966
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1854-2022
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsLove letter to you from scripture
Audio RecordingsOnline Audio Scripture
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Telugu
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralZume Resources
GeneralZume Training
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app from Google Pla ...
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible: Telugu
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Telugu
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path
Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
Text / Printed MatterTopical Scripture booklets and Bible stu ...
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Aray Mala in India

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People Cluster
    South Asia Dalit - other     Asia, South    
      Aray Mala India    
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            Aray Mala in India          
      Religion Language  
      Hinduism     Telugu  
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