Mali (Marathi)

Posted: April 2, 2011 in Great Commission, Missions, Unreached People groups

Population ID # 47903

Mali cut and supply flowers for use in pujas in the temple.

Other people name(s): Malakar, Malakkar

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  • Country: India
  • People Group #: 47903
  • Engagement Status: Unengaged

The Mali (Marathi) of India have a population of 2,838,438. They are part of the Hindi people cluster in the South Asian Peoples affinity bloc.

Mali are a functional caste of vegetable and flower gardners. Their primary occupation is gardening. The word Mali is derived from Sanskrit mala (garland). They also call themselves phul Mali who derived their names from their occupation of growing flowers.

Jyotirao Phule is a famous Mali reformer with Christian beleifs


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