Maravan in Sri Lanka


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

Introduction / History

The Maravan (aka, Maravar) people of India and Sri Lanka speak, read and write in Tamil. A few speak English. The Maravans in Kerala migrated from Tamil Nadu. They were classed as the Most Backward Class but are not classed among the lowest castes.


Where Are they Located?

Most Maravan (aka, Maravar) people live in India's two southernmost states, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, but a smaller number are in Sri Lanka.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most Maravan people work in agriculture and the majority of them are landowners. There are businessmen, office workers and military personnel among them.

They have their own caste councils that settle disagreements. They also have an association that helps the community.

Usually Maravan males marry in their early twenties and females in their late teens. They have cross cousin marriages and allow for divorce. By inheritance the oldest son becomes in charge of the home. Women do housework and paid work.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most of them are Hindus but some are Christians. The deceased are buried or are cremated.


What Are Their Needs?

These Hindus need to hear the true gospel from people who follow Jesus faithfully in word and deed.


Prayer Points

Pray for spiritual hunger among the Maravan people in India and Sri Lanka.
Pray that believers will take the name of Jesus to the Maravan people in Sri Lanka, and disciple them in his ways.


Scripture Prayers for the Maravan in Sri Lanka.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17459/IN
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maravar


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-09-23
People Name General Maravan
People Name in Country Maravan
Population this Country 102,000
Population all Countries 3,468,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 2
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Ajupani; Chitikan; Kalla; Kalla Kammar; Manavan; Marayan; Mukkalathoor; Mukkulathan; Thevar; मरवान
People ID 17459
ROP3 Code 112867
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
55,000
Uva
22,000
Sabaragamuwa
11,000
Western
7,800
Southern
1,700
Eastern
1,500
Northern
1,000
North Western
800
North Central
200
Country Sri Lanka
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States 9
  Central 55,000
  Uva 22,000
  Sabaragamuwa 11,000
  Western 7,800
  Southern 1,700
  Eastern 1,500
  Northern 1,000
  North Western 800
  North Central 200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Tamil (102,000 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Tamil (102,000 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  (1727-2021)
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 Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources General / Other
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Recorded oral Bible Oral Bibles
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Finding Peace Create International
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tamil Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
13.51 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
86.49 %
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.
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more