Introduction / History
The Kudumban are also called Pallar amongst other names. They live mainly in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. The Kudumban are also living in Kerala and Karnataka. They are a Scheduled Caste by classification.
What Are Their Lives Like?
The name Kudumban can mean family. The Pallar are called Kudumban for being charitable and kind. They speak in Tamil. They work mostly in agriculture. They are not vegetarians and they eat millet as a cereal.
The Kudumban have endogamous groups such as Anja (endogamous means not marrying outside the group). Cross-cousin marriages take place among them. The women are farm laborers. They take part in social and religious matters like many women of Indian people groups do.
Some of the Kudumban are landowners. They accept food and water from most groups but not from all of them. They believe in being educated but most may yet be unable to read and write, so the gospel should be given to them in oral form too. The Kudumban practice family planning and use modern medicine as well as traditional medicine.
What Are Their Beliefs?
Though mainly Hindu, some are Christians and some are Muslims. The Pallar say they are descended from the god Devendran. There are Pallar poems called Pallu recorded in Tamil literature.
* Pray that the Kudumban or Pallar will come to Jesus Christ with Whom class systems do not exist.
* Pray that Christian materials will be taken to them.
Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999
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