Syrian Christian in India


Joshua Project has identified the Syrian Christian only in India

Population

3,960,000

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Introduction / History

The Syrian Christians in India are also called St. Thomas Christians. They are not vegetarians and rice is their main cereal. They are in several parts of India and they speak, read and write Malayam. They have ancestors from Syria.

The Syrian Christians in Kerala marry within their own group and do adult marriages through discussion. The bereaved are allowed to marry again. The women help in agriculture for example as well as doing the housework. There are birth and death pollution periods. The Protestants among them do baptisms by immersion under water. There are church councils that teach religion and look after the members. They have festivals. Boys and girls get educated. Family planning is used and so are traditional and modern medicines.

The Syrian Christians of Rajasthan speak Hindi and read and write in Devanagari. Sons inherit the property with the oldest son becoming in charge of the home. The bereaved can marry again. Children are baptized at twelve years of age. Marriage is done in a church. The dead are buried. The Syrians here work in private and government service. There is a committee that helps the community. They go to Orthodox churches. Males and females are educated and they use modern medicine.

The Syrian Christians of Tamil Nadu speak, read and write in Tamil. The bereaved can marry again. They work in business or in government service. They believe in education, family planning and in traditional and modern medicines.


Prayer Points

* Pray that the Syrian Christians will have the gospel message given to them so that instead of being nominal Christians they become born again.
* Pray for gospel materials to be given to them.

References

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


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Syrian Christian
People Name in Country Syrian Christian
Population in India 3,960,000
World Population 3,960,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 2.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Azhayakar, Jacobite, Knanaya, Knanaya Christian, Knanaya Samudhayan, Mar Thoma, Marthoma Christiani, Nazarani Mapilla, Pazhayakur, Puthenkur, Thekkumbhaga Samudhayam, Thekkumbhagar Samudhayan, Vadakkumbhagar, Vadakkumbhaggar
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Malayali
People Name General Syrian Christian
Ethnic Code CNN23b
People ID 18199
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:  36  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kerala (3,341,000) Tamil Nadu (288,000) Karnataka (186,000) Maharashtra (133,000)
Delhi (14,000) Gujarat (11,000) Telangana (5,800) West Bengal (4,300)
Madhya Pradesh (3,000) Andhra Pradesh (2,800) Rajasthan (2,100) Chhattisgarh (1,900)
Andaman and Nicobar (1,800) Uttar Pradesh (1,800) Punjab (1,500) Odisha (1,300)
Goa (1,300) Jharkhand (1,000) Jammu and Kashmir (1,000) Haryana (1,000)
Total States on file:  36  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kerala (3,341,000) Tamil Nadu (288,000)
Karnataka (186,000) Maharashtra (133,000)
Delhi (14,000) Gujarat (11,000)
Telangana (5,800) West Bengal (4,300)
Madhya Pradesh (3,000) Andhra Pradesh (2,800)
Rajasthan (2,100) Chhattisgarh (1,900)
Andaman and Nicobar (1,800) Uttar Pradesh (1,800)
Punjab (1,500) Odisha (1,300)
Goa (1,300) Jharkhand (1,000)
Jammu and Kashmir (1,000) Haryana (1,000)
Languages & Dialects on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Malayalam (3,854,000) Tamil (60,000) English (38,000) Tulu (33,000)
Konkani (13,000) Konkani, Goan (6,100) Kannada (1,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Malayalam 3,854,000 Tamil 60,000
English 38,000 Tulu 33,000
Konkani 13,000 Konkani, Goan 6,100
Kannada 1,000

For Main Lanugage: Malayalam


Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1811-1968)
New Testament Yes   (1829-1995)
Complete Bible Yes   (1841-2004)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
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
Text / Printed Matter Bible Gateway Scripture
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter International Bible Society
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Primary Religion: Christianity

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
100.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
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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