Paraiyan in India


Joshua Project has identified the Paraiyan only in India

Population

3,076,000

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Introduction / History

The Paraiyan of India are also called Parayan. It has been said that Paraiyan is a Tamil word meaning drums and comes from the word Parai. They play the drums at weddings and other occasions too. They are Hindus by religion.

In Tamil Nadu, the Paraiyan speak in Tamil. They are small to medium in size. They are not vegetarians and they eat beef and pork as well as other meats. Rice is a main cereal with them. Marriages with cousins are favored. They live off the land and cultivation is their main work. The women help with agriculture. They believe in education. Traditional and modern medicines are used as well as family planning.

The Paraiyan in Kerala have migrated from Tamil Nadu. They do basket work, agricultural work and play the drums. Perakuttu is one of their Hindu gods. They believe in having their children educated.

In Pondicherry, as with the other Paraiya, about a third of them can read and write. The gospel may need to be given in oral form also. The Paraiyan also live in the state of Karnataka.


Prayer Points

* Pray that God gives the Paraiyan dreams and visions leading them to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that gospel materials will bring them to Jesus Christ.

References

Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Paraiyan
People Name in Country Paraiyan
Population in India 3,076,000
World Population 3,076,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 2.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Christian Adi Dravida, Parayan, Parayan Christian, Pariah, Pariya, Samban, Sambar, Sambavan, Sambavar, Sambavar Christian, Veppur Parayan
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Tamil
People Name General Paraiyan
Ethnic Code CNN23c
People ID 17844
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  26  (up to 20 largest shown)
Tamil Nadu (2,568,000) Kerala (427,000) Andhra Pradesh (49,000) Pondicherry (31,000)
Maharashtra (16,000) Delhi (6,400) Telangana (4,800) Karnataka (4,200)
Gujarat (800) Madhya Pradesh (800) West Bengal (700) Andaman and Nicobar (600)
Chhattisgarh (500) Uttar Pradesh (500) Odisha (400) Chandigarh (300)
Jharkhand (200) Rajasthan (200) Goa (200) Uttarakhand (200)
Total States on file:  26  (up to 20 largest shown)
Tamil Nadu (2,568,000) Kerala (427,000)
Andhra Pradesh (49,000) Pondicherry (31,000)
Maharashtra (16,000) Delhi (6,400)
Telangana (4,800) Karnataka (4,200)
Gujarat (800) Madhya Pradesh (800)
West Bengal (700) Andaman and Nicobar (600)
Chhattisgarh (500) Uttar Pradesh (500)
Odisha (400) Chandigarh (300)
Jharkhand (200) Rajasthan (200)
Goa (200) Uttarakhand (200)
Languages & Dialects on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Tamil (2,711,000) Malayalam (345,000) Telugu (14,000) Konkani (2,400)
Kannada (700) English (600) Tulu (100)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Tamil 2,711,000 Malayalam 345,000
Telugu 14,000 Konkani 2,400
Kannada 700 English 600
Tulu 100

For Main Lanugage: Tamil


Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1714-1956)
New Testament Yes   (1715-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1727-2002)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources
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 General Ministry Resources
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tamil
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
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Old Version Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
25.69 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
74.31 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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