Veddah in Sri Lanka

The Veddah have only been reported in Sri Lanka
Population
2,400
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Veddas are indigenous natives of Sri Lanka and perhaps the oldest ethnic group in that country. They like to live their original traditional lifestyles. Now there is a danger of them becoming extinct.

The Vedda are called forest dwellers. They hunt using bows and arrows and fish too. Some of them do farming. Women are not classed as inferior and property goes in same amounts to men and women. They speak their own Vedda language which has some similarities to Sinhalese.

The Vedda are animists or follow totemism by religion. They have cousin marriages but more women are marrying their neighbors now and so they are becoming more integrated.

The Vedda have songs about nature and enjoy producing drawings.


Prayer Points

* Pray that Sri Lankan Christians will help lead the Vedda to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that the Vedda will not become extinct.


References

http://www.desiblitz.com/content/veddas-aboriginal-natives-of-sri-lanka


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Veddah
People Name in Country Veddah
Population in Sri Lanka 2,400
World Population 2,400
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached No
Progress Scale 2
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Aetto, Beda, Vedda, Wanniyala, Wanniyala-Aetto, वेददाह
People ID 15778
ROP3 Code 110531
Country Sri Lanka
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 45  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Eastern mountains, Badulla and Polonnaruwa districts.   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Sri Lanka
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 45  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Eastern mountains, Badulla and Polonnaruwa districts..   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Website South Asia Peoples

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Veddah (2,400 speakers)
Language Code ved   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Veddah
Primary Language Veddah (2,400 speakers)
Language Code ved   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Veddah

Primary Language:  Veddah

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Unknown
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
6.25 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
43.75 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
Unknown
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
50.00 %
Photo Source Janet Raynor 
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From Sri Lanka census data.  Current values may differ.


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