Ayyanavar in India

The Ayyanavar have only been reported in India
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Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Ayyanavar is a Hindu population of people formed by migration. It is said that the ancestor of Ayyanavar was the Eyinar clan who worshipped the Kali, the goddess of sex and violence. The Eyinar occupied a region of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Malayalam and Tamil are the languages spoken by the members of the Ayyanavar caste in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. There are currently no known believers among the Ayyanavar


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Ayyanavar family structure is nuclear. The head of the family is the father. After the death of the father, the eldest son succeeds as the head of the family. The family looks after the other members. The women and men have equal status. Marriage proposals are initiated from the bridegroom's side. Most of the Ayyanavar work as laborers on plantations and in agricultural sectors. Animal husbandry is a subsidiary occupation. Only few who own land that they cultivate. They consume rice, vegetables, pulses, and tuber crops. Fish and meat are also popular food items. As Hindus, they will not eat beef.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Ayyanavar practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain "moksha" or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Ayyanavar visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods as Christians do. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. The main yearly holidays of the Ayyanavar people are Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the celebration of autumn and Rama Navami, Rama’s birthday. The caste system divides Hindus into four main categories - Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and the Shudras. Dalits and tribal peoples are outside of the caste system. The Ayyanavar worship Lord Shiva, the destroyer god, as their patron deity.


What Are Their Needs?

The Ayyanavar need better education opportunities so they can obtain higher paying jobs. They need to learn new job skills. Most of all they need to hear and understand the message of Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and grant them eternal life.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Ayyanavar in India.

* Pray for spiritual desire to come to the Ayyanavar so that they will seek and find the Holy One, Jesus Christ. * Pray for believers to go to the Ayyanavar people and help them with their physical and spiritual needs. * Ask God to raise up a disciple making movement among the Ayyanavar in this decade.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-09-23
People Name General Ayyanavar
People Name in Country Ayyanavar
Population this Country 16,000
Population all Countries 16,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Aryan; Ayawar; Ayri; Ayyavar; Ayyaviar; Ayyawar; Chatada; Chathada; Chattada; Chattada Srivaishnava; Dasa Namibi; Eiyanar; Kovil Padagar; Kovil Thurayar; Purohitar; S; Satanaiah; Satani; Satani Wayisnawa; Sathada Srivaishnava; Sathadaveer; Sathani; Sathani Vaishnava; Sathata Iyer; Sathata Iyyar; Vaishnava; Vira; अय्यनवर
People ID 16267
ROP3 Code 111392
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 7
Largest States
Kerala
12,000
Tamil Nadu
2,500
Maharashtra
1,000
Telangana
300
Karnataka
100
Andhra Pradesh
100
Puducherry
60
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 7
  Kerala 12,000
  Tamil Nadu 2,500
  Maharashtra 1,000
  Telangana 300
  Karnataka 100
  Andhra Pradesh 100
  Puducherry 60
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Malayalam (12,000 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
Tamil
3,000
Telugu
1,000
Kannada
100
Primary Language Malayalam (12,000 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
  Tamil 3,000
  Telugu 1,000
  Kannada 100
People Groups Speaking Malayalam

Primary Language:  Malayalam

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1811-1968)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1829-1995)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1841-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Father's 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, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
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 Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Gospel website in this language
General Gospel website in this language
General Gospel website in this language
General Gospel website in this language
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
2.68 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
97.32 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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