Ilavan in India

Joshua Project has identified the Ilavan only in India

Population

6,342,000

Christian

1.7%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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Introduction / History

The Ilavan are also known as Izhava or Ezhavas. They live primarily in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. They work as toddy-tappers. This means they extract sap from palms such as coconut and palmyra to make an alcoholic beverage. They grow coconut, palm and sugar.

Some of them converted to Christian while under British rule. Because of the makeup of their society, this segment became a separate subgroup known as the Chogan.

A caste association was established in the group in 1903. It was named after Narayana Guru. He established an ashram where he proclaimed his message of "one caste, one religion, one god".


References

www.uscwm.info/op1040/pdfs/50.pdf
http://gurunarayana.blogspot.in/2010/03/zhava_13.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ezhava



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Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country
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People Name General Ilavan
People Name in Country Ilavan
ROP3 Code 112271
Joshua Project People ID 16965
Indigenous Yes
Population in India 6,342,000
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names for People Group Chogan, Chovan, Ezhava, Illattu Pillai, Iluvan, Izhattu Pillaimar, Izhava, Izhuva, Izhuvan, Panikkur, Tiyan,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Malayalam 4,181,852 Tamil 2,229,879 Konkani 8,970 Tulu 4,780
Kannada 3,840 Konkani, Goan 2,320
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Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Malayali
People Name General Ilavan
Ethnic Code CNN23b
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Largest Religion Hinduism
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
1.7%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
0.00%
Hinduism
98.27%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
0.00%
Protestant
0.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
0.00%
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