Vathiriyan in India

Joshua Project has identified the Vathiriyan only in India

Population

5,720

Christian

85%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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Introduction / History

The Vathiriyar community has well defined branches and sub-branches inside their community structure. Originally there were only seven branches which are treated as the original main branches. Over time due to differences in understanding and arguments several sub-branches formed under the main branches.


Where are they Located?

They live mostly in the Tuticorin, Kanyakumari and Thirunelveli districts of Tamil Nadu, India. Quite a good numbers have now settled in Chennai, capital of state Tamil Nadu. In search of jobs and education, people have migrated in large numbers to Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Salem and Vellore. Smaller numbers are found in Hyderabad and Mumbai.


What are Their Lives Like?

Vathiriayan community is one of the SC communities according to Tamil Nadu Gazette (no 72). Their traditional job is weaving. Due to migration, education and globalization this occupation is almost becoming extinct.

Sociologically speaking, this is one of the rare communities, follow the clan system through maternal side, though it is not a matrilineal society.


What are Their Beliefs?

The majority of the Vathiriyan are Hindu. They responded to the gospel along with the Nadar community during the SPG and CMS missionary work and Catholic missionary work. According to one source, half of them are Christians both Protestants and Catholics. It is reported that as many as 20 percent of them may be evangelical Christians.

One report says, "This community cannot be taken as an unreached community. Almost 100% of them know the gospel, though only 50% are Christians. Over 50 are found in full time ministry and most of them are theological graduates. This community has produced one bishop at least. One of the bishops of Evangelical Church of India (ECI) is from this community."


What are Their Needs?

This community can be taken as an example for the following: missionaries used education and vocational training as a tool for economic upliftment. This community used the education given by the missionaries. Today number of them are engineers, medical doctors, teachers and doing many other jobs. 70% is the literacy rate.




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Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country
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People Name General Vathiriyan
People Name in Country Vathiriyan
ROP3 Code 113847
Joshua Project People ID 18302
Indigenous Yes
Population in India 5,720
Least-Reached No
Alternate Names for People Group
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Tamil 5,717
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Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Tamil
People Name General Vathiriyan
Ethnic Code CNN23c
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Largest Religion Christianity
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
85%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
0.00%
Hinduism
15.06%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
0.00%
Protestant
0.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
0.00%
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