Pulayan, Hindu in India

Joshua Project has identified the Pulayan, Hindu only in India







Largest Religion

Main Language


Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey

Introduction / History

Pollution. The word brings to mind landfills, garbage dumps, raw sewage pouring into the ocean, a haze of smog hanging over a city. Webster's Dictionary defines pollution as something which is foul, unclean, tainted, or contaminated.

The Pulayan people of the Kerala and Tamil Nadu states of India know a lot about this word. Their name is derived from pula, which means pollution. And as members of the bottom Dalit rung of Hindu society, they are often treated like trash.

Along with most other Dalits, the Pulayans are landless. Many are engaged as agricultural laborers, serving higher caste landowners without significant pay.

Their economic status parallels their spiritual state. The Pulayans are enslaved by a host of false gods, including Mankombu Bhagwati, Siva, Vishnu, and Ayyappa.

The Pulayans are known to be talented craftsmen and basket makers. They also have a tradition of oral storytelling and folk songs. When they are not working to please their landlords, they enjoy singing and dancing to the music of drums and stringed instruments.

Prayer Points

* Pray for God to change the identity of the Pulayans from "people of pollution" to "people of Light and Life."
* Ask Him to set them free from the social and economic bondage of being Dalits, as well as the spiritual chains of Hinduism.
* Pray for these agricultural laborers to be open to the gospel, to begin seeking to please the Lord Jesus Christ, and to respond with singing and dancing to God's Kingdom.

People Name General Pulayan, Hindu
People Name in Country Pulayan, Hindu
Population in India 1,411,000
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Cheramar, Malaipulayan
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Malayali
People Name General Pulayan, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN23b
Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Malayalam (1,282,000) Tamil (158,000) Tulu (5,300) Kannada (1,200)
Konkani (900) Konkani, Goan (700) Telugu (Unknown)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Malayalam 1,282,000 Tamil 158,000
Tulu 5,300 Kannada 1,200
Konkani 900 Konkani, Goan 700
Telugu 10
Largest Religion Hinduism
0.00%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
Other / Small
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl
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