Chakkiliyan (Hindu traditions) in Sri Lanka


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* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Introduction / History

At some point in India's history, a whole class of people were forced by violence and religious sanction into demeaning roles. Among them, the Chakkiliyans have exceptionally low status in the Hindu caste system.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of the Chakkiliyan have a low standard of living and a low literacy rate. Some Chakkiliyan people work in agricultural and day laborers across western and northern Tamil Nadu. They usually live in a place that is apart from the main village.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Chakkiliyan people in Sri Lanka practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods hoping to gain protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews.


What Are Their Needs?

The Chakkiliyan need the esteem that comes from having their identity in Christ, not in the status others give them. Most of them need to learn to read and write. They need new job skills, so they are able to provide for their families. They would benefit from access to modern medicine and clean water.


Prayer Points

Pray that God would provide the Chakkiliyan children with good schools and teachers. Ask the Lord to send out workers to them who will help them put their trust in Christ. Pray for them to have a spiritual hunger that will lead them to the cross and the empty grave.


Scripture Prayers for the Chakkiliyan (Hindu traditions) in Sri Lanka.


References

https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Castes_and_Tribes_of_Southern_India/Chakkiliyan


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Chakkiliyan (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Chakkiliyan (Hindu traditions)
Alternate Names Arava Chakali; Arava Chakkali; Arava Chakkali/Kristava Arundhatiyar; Arundhatiyar; Cakkala; Cakkali; Cakkoli; Chakka; Chakkala; Chucklers; Kristava Arundhatiyar; Madari; Pagadai; Toti; Vattakkadan; चक्कीलियनएसी
Population this Country 28,000
Population all Countries 1,057,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 16600
ROP3 Code 111805
ROP25 Code 301641
ROP25 Name Chakkiliyan
Country Sri Lanka
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file 9
Largest States
Central
16,000
Uva
6,100
Western
2,400
Sabaragamuwa
1,300
Eastern
700
Southern
700
Northern
300
North Western
200
North Central
30
Country Sri Lanka
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States 9
  Central 16,000
  Uva 6,100
  Western 2,400
  Sabaragamuwa 1,300
  Eastern 700
  Southern 700
  Northern 300
  North Western 200
  North Central 30
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.12 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.88 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Sri Lanka census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Tamil (28,000 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Tamil (28,000 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Tamil

Primary Language:  Tamil

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1714-1956)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1715-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1727-2024)
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Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
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Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
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