Maravan in Sri Lanka


Population
121,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

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 as untouchables.


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.


References

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


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-09-23
People Name General Maravan
People Name in Country Maravan
Population in Sri Lanka 121,000
World Population 3,444,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 3 to 4
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Ajupani, Chitikan, Kalla, Kalla Kammar, Manavan, Marayan, Mukkalathoor, Mukkulathan, Thevar, मरवान
People ID 17459
ROP3 Code 112867
Country Sri Lanka
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 45  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Sri Lanka
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 45  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Tamil (121,000 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Tamil
Primary Language Tamil (121,000 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   (1727-2002)
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 Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources
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 General Ministry Resources
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tamil
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 Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Old Version Bible
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
Unknown
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2017  India Missions Association  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From Sri Lanka census data.  Current values may differ.


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