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Mala (Hindu traditions) in India

Mala (Hindu traditions)

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
6,709,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.16 % Unknown   

Mala (Hindu traditions) in India

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Introduction / History
The Mala are also known as Adi-Andhra. They can be found in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Karnataka. They speak the Telugu language along with the regional languages and write in the Devanagari script. The Mala have various sub-groups such as Charu, Reddi, Parayan, and Bandari.

Their staple cereals are rice and finger millets or Ragi. They smoke an indigenous cheroot or Chutta. Both men and women habitually drink toddy and arrak. The traditional occupation of the Mala is agricultural labour in the fields of land owning communities, and cotton weaving. They make crude drums out of cattle hides and are customarily employed to play on these drums during village festivals. They work as shopkeepers and vegetable vendors and some work in cotton and oil mills. Some are employed in various government offices as teachers, doctors, administrators, engineers and in defense services.

The dead are buried in a sitting posture. They worship family deities such as Yellamma and ancestral spirits. Urkondi Irrana in Andhra Pradesh is their sacred centre. The Mala Dassari or Mala Jangam is a specialist who looks into sacred matters. Their services are always sought for funerals. They sing songs known as Pogatha in praise of the departed soul. They also sing devotional songs. They participate in cultural activities during Ambedkar Jayanthi.

Alternate names: Mala Asadhi, Dasari, Jangam, Kuravan, Masti, Panickar, Arayan.

Religion: Hindu, Animism

Prayer Points
For the salvation of the Mala people and that God may send several Christian workers among them and meet their spiritual and physical needs.
That God may deliver Mala people from the smoking cheroot and drinking toddy and arrak.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2020-11-25
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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:6,709,000
Largest States:
Andhra Pradesh (4,767,000)Telangana (1,791,000)
Chhattisgarh (31,000)Karnataka (23,000)
Maharashtra (18,000)Madhya Pradesh (5,700)
Puducherry (4,400)Tamil Nadu (4,300)
Gujarat (4,300)Delhi (3,300)
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People Name in Country: Mala (Hindu traditions)
People Name General: Mala (Hindu traditions)
Alternate People Names:
Adi AndhraAdi-Andhra
AntyajaArava Mala
ROP3 Code: 112826
Joshua Project People ID: 17425
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 6,709,000
Population all Countries: 6,709,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - Mala
People Name General: Mala (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
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Primary Language: Telugu (5,684,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tel    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Chhattisgarhi (1,200)Tamil (600)
Kannada (100)Odia (80)
Konkani (40)
Total Languages: 6
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.21 % 
Christianity0.16 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.62 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.01 % 
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
GSEC Status:Level 6   Greater than or equal to 10% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1812-1966
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1854-2022
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