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Mahli tribe

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

The Mahli are a Scheduled Tribe in the Indian states of Jharkhand and West Bengal.[2] Basketry was main occupation of mahlis.[3] Mahli speak Sadri, Santali and Mundari 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 tribe.[5]


  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. Retrieved 11 March 2009.
  3. ^ Tanks in Eastern India: A Study in Exploration.
  4. ^ "Mahali". ethnologue.
  5. ^ Russell, Robert Vane (1916). The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India. London: Macmillan and Co. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.

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