Mahli tribe

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Total population
155,023 (2011 census)[1]
Regions with significant populations
West Bengal2,360

The Mahli are a scheduled tribe in India, in the states of Jharkhand and West Bengal.[2] They mostly reside in Dumka district and certain other regions of Jharkhand, and in the adjoining areas of West Bengal. Their population is dwindling. Mahli people traditionally earned their livelihood by selling articles made of bamboo. Some typical articles made by them are: Machi (a small bench), umbrellas, soop (used in kitchen, to remove dust from cereals), sop and chatai (for lying down and sleeping), raincap (special cap covering head, and upper back for protection from rains during work).

Mahli people typically have a tattoo of their name on their hand.


  1. ^ "Census of India Website : Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India". Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  2. ^ "The Constitution (Scheduled tribes) Order, 1950" (PDF). Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India. pp. 173, 182. Retrieved 2009-03-11.