Cheruman (Hindu traditions) in India

Joshua Project has identified the Cheruman (Hindu traditions) only in India
Population
477,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Cheruman people are a large Dalit group. They live in India's southwestern state of Kerala, where they speak Malayalam, Kerala's language. Traditionally the Cheruman people were serfs, and their name means "sons of the soil."


What Are Their Lives Like?

Cheruman people get married as adults. They are having fewer divorces than they had 30 years ago. In addition to domestic chores, women play an important role in family economic activities. Women have a large say regarding family expenditures. They are involved in family decision-making.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Though the Cherumans are Hindu, they have many opportunities to hear of the ways of Christ. Kerala is about 19 percent Christian, and there are a few Cheruman believers. They have a high literacy rate for a Dalit people group, and they love to listen to the radio and go to movies. Christian materials are readily available in Kerala's Malayalam language.


Prayer Points

* Pray that Christian materials, radio broadcasts, and the JESUS Film will find their way into Cheruman households, and be met by open hearts that are ready to embrace their only Savior.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

People Name General Cheruman (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Cheruman (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 477,000
World Population 477,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 10 to 12
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 5  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Cheraman, Cherumakkal, Cheruman, Pulayan, Puluvan, चेरूमन (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स
People ID 16603
ROP3 Code 111809
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 16
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Kerala
(441,000)
Karnataka
(27,000)
Tamil Nadu
(3,200)
Maharashtra
(2,500)
Delhi
(1,000)
Telangana
(600)
Puducherry
(300)
Gujarat
(200)
Andhra Pradesh
(200)
Andaman and Nicobar
(200)
Odisha
(90)
Goa
(80)
West Bengal
(70)
Rajasthan
(70)
Haryana
(50)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 16
  Kerala (441,000)
  Karnataka (27,000)
  Tamil Nadu (3,200)
  Maharashtra (2,500)
  Delhi (1,000)
  Telangana (600)
  Puducherry (300)
  Gujarat (200)
  Andhra Pradesh (200)
  Andaman and Nicobar (200)
  Odisha (90)
  Goa (80)
  West Bengal (70)
  Rajasthan (70)
  Haryana (50)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Malayalam (329,000 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
Tamil
(61,000)
Telugu
(34,000)
Tulu
(13,000)
Konkani, Goan
(7,800)
Kannada
(1,600)
Konkani
(700)
Allar
(400)
Hindi
(400)
People Groups Speaking Malayalam
Primary Language Malayalam (329,000 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
  Tamil (61,000)
  Telugu (34,000)
  Tulu (13,000)
  Konkani, Goan (7,800)
  Kannada (1,600)
  Konkani (700)
  Allar (400)
  Hindi (400)
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   (1841-2004)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
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, JF Project)
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 Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible Gateway Scripture
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.06 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.94 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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