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Sali in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,218,000 Kannada Hinduism 0.00 % Unknown   

Sali in India

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Introduction / History
The Sali of India (also called Saliar and Saliya) live in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka. They speak, read and write in Tamil and Malayalam. Some speak in Kannada and Telugu. Their name means weaver. They are not vegetarians and eat rice as their main cereal.

The Sali marry their cousins and have adult marriages through arrangement. Men can remarry. On the death of the father, property goes to all the children and all receive the same amount. The oldest son becomes in charge of the home. There are birth and marriage rituals and the dead are cremated.

The Sali work as weavers. Some of them work in cultivation and get money from the land while some are self-employed and others of them are laborers. They are Hindus by religion and worship village gods. They have Caste Associations that look after their welfare.

The Sali believe in education, modern medicine and family planning as well as other benefits available to them.

Prayer Points
Pray that the leaders of the Caste Associations will come to Jesus Christ and lead others of the the Sali to salvation too.
Pray that God will give them dreams and visions leading them to Jesus Christ.
Pray that gospel materials will bring them to Jesus Christ.

Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999

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Global Prayer Digest: 2020-01-26
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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:1,218,000
Largest States:
Maharashtra (479,000)Karnataka (456,000)
Tamil Nadu (133,000)Kerala (80,000)
Odisha (46,000)Telangana (4,000)
Madhya Pradesh (4,000)Goa (2,400)
Andhra Pradesh (2,200)Gujarat (1,400)
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People Name in Country: Sali
People Name General: Sali
Alternate People Names:
KarnasaliKurahina Chetti
Kurahina SettyKurni
KurnivasettiKuruhina Setty
ROP3 Code: 113495
Joshua Project People ID: 18002
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,218,000
Population all Countries: 1,221,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Sali
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Kannada (409,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kan    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Marathi (251,000)Telugu (226,000)
Malayalam (61,000)Tamil (51,000)
Konkani (17,000)Odia (13,000)
Konkani, Goan (8,200)Khandesi (7,800)
Ahirani (4,100)Hindi (3,900)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 16
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.39 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.38 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.23 % 
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 3   Less than 2% Evangelical. Widespread church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1812-1988
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1827-2022
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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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 New Testament
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Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture / Bible
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories
Audio RecordingsOral Bible Stories
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Kannada
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralZume Resources
GeneralZume Training
Mobile AppBible app direct APK download
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Text / Printed MatterBible: Kannada
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Kannada
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path
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Sali in India

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People Cluster
    South Asia Hindu - other     Asia, South    
      Sali India    
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            Sali in India          
      Religion Language  
      Hinduism     Kannada  
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