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.
Most Maravan (aka, Maravar) people live in India's two southernmost states, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, but a smaller number are in Sri Lanka.
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.
Most of them are Hindus but some are Christians. The deceased are buried or are cremated.
These Hindus need to hear the true gospel from people who follow Jesus faithfully in word and deed.
* 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.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2010-09-23|
|People Name General||Maravan|
|People Name in Country||Maravan|
|Population in Sri Lanka||121,000|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||3 to 4|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Alternate Names||Ajupani, Chitikan, Kalla, Kalla Kammar, Manavan, Marayan, Mukkalathoor, Mukkulathan, Thevar, मरवान|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||45 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Tamil (121,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||tam Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Tamil|
Primary Language: Tamil
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1715-1998)|
|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||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|
|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.|