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Malasar in India

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
9,800 Tamil Hinduism 0.15 % Unknown   

Malasar in India

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Introduction / History
Quite a number of tribal communities thrive in the State of Kerala; the Malasar tribe is one of the important ones among them.

Operation World states, "India's ancient, complex, and often difficult to understand past, its racial, ethnic, religious and linguistic diversity, and the caste system, all make detailed population analysis very difficult."

Where are they located?
They are located in the southwestern tip of India. The Malasar live in hamlets called Pathis and prefer to live in the plains.

What are their lives like?
They speak to one another in a mixture of the Malayam and Tamil languages. They eat wild yams and rice as staple foods. They cultivate many kinds of millet.

A village leader called Vendari does the administrative work, helped by a Panchayat council.

Malasar appear strong, unlike others in the region. They work as laborers in the field and collect forest produce.

Marriage is regarded highly among Malasar people. Child marriage is not allowed, but adult marriage is common. Their culture has many rituals and rites, including a girl's entrance into puberty. They are known to bury the dead with their belongings.

What are their beliefs?
They worship gods called Kali, Mallung and Mariamman. They sacrifice goats and other animals as they believe this is needed to please these gods. They sacrifice in April, once each year.

What are their needs?
Although there are many scriptural resources available to Malasar people in Tamil language, they do not yet know about them. Someone must tell them.

Prayer Points
* Pray that disciples will go to the Malasar people, and show them the saving grace of Lord Jesus.
* Pray that they will discover the many resources available in their language.
* Pray that they will see their need of the only sin-bearer, and receive their gift of everlasting life.


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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:10 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:9,800
Largest States:
Tamil Nadu (6,500)Kerala (3,200)
Andhra Pradesh (60)Karnataka (60)
Puducherry (20)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Malasar
People Name General: Malasar
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 113035
Joshua Project People ID: 17604
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 9,800
Population all Countries: 9,800
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
People Name General: Malasar
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Tamil (8,100 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tam    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Malayalam (1,500)Telugu (100)
Kannada (100)Tulu (20)
Total Languages: 5
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.15 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.77 % 
Islam0.06 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.02 % 
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: 1714-1956
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1727-2016
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsFather's Love Letter
Audio RecordingsGeneral Ministry Resources
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFinding Peace
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Tamil
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
GeneralComprehensive list of Tamil Resources
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file fro ...
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app from Google Pla ...
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible: Old Version Bible
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Malasar in India

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People Cluster
    South Asia Tribal - other     Asia, South    
      Malasar India    
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            Malasar in India          
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