Mahli tribe

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Total population
155,023 (2011 census)[1]
Regions with significant populations
West Bengal2,360
Sadri, Mahli, Mundari, Santali, Bengali, Hindi, Odia
Related ethnic groups

The Mahli are a Scheduled Tribe in the Indian states of Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal.[2] Basketry was main occupation of mahlis.[3] Mahli speak Sadri, Mundari and Santali as their mother tongue rathar than Mahli. May be Mahli is a threatened language. Also use Bengali, Hindi and Odia.[4]


They are caste who works as palaqulin bearers and bamboo workers. They are divided into five endogamous subdivision: the bansphor Mahli, pahar mahli, Sulunkhi, Tanti and Mahli Munda. Their some septs are dumriar (wild fig), gundli(a kind of grain), Kerketta(a bird), mahukal(a bird), Tirki, Tunduar, Turu, Bhuktuar, Lang Chenre, Sanga. Their four septs Hansda, Hemron, Murmu, Saren also found in Santal tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India.[5]


Their deity is Surjahi(Solar deity). Other deity are Bar Pahari (mountain deity) and Mansa Devi. Their festival are Bangri, Hariyari and Nawakhani etc.[6]


  1. ^ "Census of India Website : Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India". Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  2. ^ "The Constitution (Scheduled tribes) Order, 1950" (PDF). Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India. pp. 173, 182. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 January 2018. Retrieved 11 March 2009.
  3. ^ Pant, Niranjan; Verma, R. K. (2010). Tanks in Eastern India: A Study in Exploration. ISBN 9789290907312.
  4. ^ "Mahali". ethnologue.
  5. ^ . London: Macmillan and Co. 1916 Missing or empty |title= (help) This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  6. ^ Ranjan, Manish (19 August 2002). Jharkhand Samanya Gyanand. ISBN 9789351867982.

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