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Malayali people
Total population
c. 39 Million[1]
Regions with significant populations
 United Arab Emirates1,014,000[3]
 United States644,097[4]
 Saudi Arabia595,000[3]
 United Kingdom45,264[9]
 New Zealand6,000[source?]
Hinduism – 54.73%[17]
Islam – 26.56%[17]
Christianity – 18.38%[17]
Buddhism, Judaism, Atheism and others – 0.33%[17]
Related ethnic groups

The Malayali people (also spelled Malayalee people) are the native speakers of the Malayalam language. They originate from the south of the current Indian state of Kerala. Sometimes they are called Keralites. There are about 39 million people who speak Malayalam as their first language. 34 million of these live in India, about 1 million in the United Arab Emirates. About 55% are Hindus, about 27% are Muslims, and about 19% are Christian.

The Malayali language is part of the Dravidian language group. The Malayali have their own cooking styles, movies, and form of martial arts, Kalaripayattu.[18]

The United Nations declared a Malayali dance called Kathakali Intangible Cultural Heritage.[18]

References[change | change source]

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  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 "Population by religious community - 2011". 2011 Census of India. Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner. Archived from the original on 25 August 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  18. 18.0 18.1 Charishma Thankappan (March 3, 2018). "10 Things You Should Know About Malayali Culture". The Culture Trip. Retrieved February 11, 2021.