The Malto or Maler people are a Dravidian-speaking ethnic group. While most Dravidians are found in South India, the Malto mostly live in the northern end of the subcontinent, such as in West Bengal, Bangladesh, Bihar and Jharkhand. They are mostly Animist. Malto name given by Rev. Ernest Drose a missionary. Maltos in three types Souriya pahariya (Malto language), Kumarbag pahariya(Kumarbag slightly different from Malto) and Mal Pahariya (their language is entirely different).
Primary language: Santali (78,000 speakers)
Secondary languages: Bengali (41,000), Hindi (41,000), Mal Paharia (3,300), Kharia (2,100), Mundari (1,700), Assamese (1,500), Munda (1,200), Marathi (1,000), Sadri (700), and Kurux (600).
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