Ilavan in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Subgroups: 2

Subgroup Name Population
Illathu Pillaimar 165,000
Ezhavathi 55,000

Introduction / History

The Ilavan are also known as Izhava or Ezhavas. They live primarily in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. They work as toddy-tappers. This means they extract sap from palms such as coconut and palmyra to make an alcoholic beverage. They grow coconut, palm and sugar.

Some of them converted to Christian while under British rule. Because of the makeup of their society, this segment became a separate subgroup known as the Chogan.

A caste association was established in the group in 1903. It was named after Narayana Guru. He established an ashram where he proclaimed his message of "one caste, one religion, one god".


Where Are they Located?

Most of the Ilavan live in the Indian state of Kerala. Today, some of them have decided to migrate to other major cities in India, such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru and some others have decided to migrate to the Arab states of the Gulf. A few of the Ilavan have decided to live in the West.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of the Ilavan are either farmers or toddy tappers, however some of them had become builders, chauffeurs, handymen, lorry drivers and taxi drivers. Nowadays, some of the Ilavan have decided to become businessmen, teachers or lecturers.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most of the Ilavan are Hindus, although some are Christians. As low-caste Hindus, they believe that all religions lead to the same path, so an Ilavan who becomes a Christian would not lose his identity as an Ilavan.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Ilavan in India.


References

www.uscwm.info/op1040/pdfs/50.pdf
http://gurunarayana.blogspot.in/2010/03/zhava_13.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ezhava


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Ilavan
People Name in Country Ilavan
World Population 5,860,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 116
Alternate Names Chogan; Chovan; Ezawa; Ezhava; Illathu Pillaimar; Illattu Pillai; Iluvan; Izhattu Pillaimar; Izhava; Izhuva; Izhuvan; Panikkur; Thiya; Tiya; Tiyan; Tiyyan; इलवान
People ID 16965
ROP3 Code 112271
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 31
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Kerala
3,551,000
Tamil Nadu
2,097,000
Karnataka
74,000
Maharashtra
40,000
Delhi
6,000
Telangana
3,800
Puducherry
3,400
Andhra Pradesh
3,000
Madhya Pradesh
1,900
Rajasthan
1,600
Gujarat
1,600
Andaman and Nicobar
1,500
Uttar Pradesh
1,500
West Bengal
1,400
Odisha
1,000
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 31  (only 20 largest shown)
  Kerala 3,551,000
  Tamil Nadu 2,097,000
  Karnataka 74,000
  Maharashtra 40,000
  Delhi 6,000
  Telangana 3,800
  Puducherry 3,400
  Andhra Pradesh 3,000
  Madhya Pradesh 1,900
  Rajasthan 1,600
  Gujarat 1,600
  Andaman and Nicobar 1,500
  Uttar Pradesh 1,500
  West Bengal 1,400
  Odisha 1,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Malayalam (3,526,000 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
Tamil
2,261,000
Konkani
9,500
Tulu
4,500
Kannada
3,700
Konkani, Goan
2,000
English
1,000
Primary Language Malayalam (3,526,000 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
  Tamil 2,261,000
  Konkani 9,500
  Tulu 4,500
  Kannada 3,700
  Konkani, Goan 2,000
  English 1,000
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
Virtual Storehouse
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
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 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)
0.02 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.98 %
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.
Photo Source Nazly Ahmed  Creative Commons  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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