Cheruman (Hindu traditions) in India

The Cheruman (Hindu traditions) have only been reported in India
Population
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 453,000
World Population 453,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 9
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 5  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Cheraman, Cherumakkal, Cheruman, Pulayan, Puluvan, चेरूमन (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स
People ID 16603
ROP3 Code 111809
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Malayali
People Group Cheruman (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN23b
Total Subgroups on file 12
Largest Subgroups
Pula Cheruman
102,000
Eralan
30,000
Allar
13,000
Kudan
500
Anjathari Kanakkan
0
Era
0
Kanakkan
0
Kanakkan Velluvar
0
Paramban
0
Patta Cheruman
0
Roli
0
Yarchi Cheruman
0
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Malayali
People Group Cheruman (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN23b
Total Subgroups 12
  Pula Cheruman 102,000
  Eralan 30,000
  Allar 13,000
  Kudan 500
  Anjathari Kanakkan 0
  Era 0
  Kanakkan 0
  Kanakkan Velluvar 0
  Paramban 0
  Patta Cheruman 0
  Roli 0
  Yarchi Cheruman 0
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 16
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Kerala
419,000
Karnataka
26,000
Tamil Nadu
3,100
Maharashtra
2,400
Delhi
900
Telangana
600
Puducherry
300
Andhra Pradesh
200
Gujarat
100
Andaman and Nicobar
100
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 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 16
  Kerala 419,000
  Karnataka 26,000
  Tamil Nadu 3,100
  Maharashtra 2,400
  Delhi 900
  Telangana 600
  Puducherry 300
  Andhra Pradesh 200
  Gujarat 100
  Andaman and Nicobar 100
  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
Other 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
Bible-NT Text 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 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 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 Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible Gateway Scripture
Text / Printed Matter Bible: മലയാളം - Malayalam
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 latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


Copyright © 2018 Joshua Project.  A ministry of Frontier Ventures.