Ilavan in India

Joshua Project has identified the Ilavan only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


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".


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Ilavan
People Name in Country Ilavan
Population in India 6,383,000
World Population 6,383,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Chogan, Chovan, Ezhava, Illattu Pillai, Iluvan, Izhattu Pillaimar, Izhava, Izhuva, Izhuvan, Panikkur, Tiyan
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Malayali
People Name General Ilavan
Ethnic Code CNN23b
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution rankinging, )
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Malayalam (4,167,000) Tamil (2,258,000) Konkani (9,000) Tulu (4,300)
Kannada (3,800) Konkani, Goan (2,300) English (800)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Malayalam 4,167,000 Tamil 2,258,000
Konkani 9,000 Tulu 4,300
Kannada 3,800 Konkani, Goan 2,300
English 800
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1811-1968)
New Testament Yes   (1829-1995)
Complete Bible Yes   (1841-2004)
Audio Bible Online
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Malayalam
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
General Got Questions Ministry
Scripture Bible Gateway Scripture
Scripture Bible-in-Your-Language
Scripture Bibles, Bible League
Scripture International Bible Society

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
1.73 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
98.27 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
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