Pandaram Malai in India

The Pandaram Malai have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Malai Pandaram in Kerala are a scheduled tribe which means they have low status in Hindu society. They live in the hill regions of Kollam and Pathanathitta districts of Kerala. Others live further east in Tamil Nadu. They speak Malayalam, the language of Kerala.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Hunting and gathering is their work. Their customs are different than nearby tribes. They know how to use herbs as medicines. Unlike most Hindus, they bury the dead. After a death in the family the place where the bereaved person lived is destroyed.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Malai Pandaram people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.


What Are Their Needs?

The Malai Pandaram community needs the opportunity to advance socially and economically through advanced education.


Prayer Points

Pray that God will give them dreams and visions leading them to a relationship with Jesus Christ. Pray that gospel materials and the internet will become available to them. Pray for spiritual hunger. Pray for workers to go to them.


Scripture Prayers for the Malai Pandaram in India.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Malai Pandaram
People Name in Country Malai Pandaram
Natural Name Pandaram Malai
Population this Country 4,500
Population all Countries 4,500
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Hill Pandaram; Mala Pandaram; Malay Pandaram; मलाई पंडरम
People ID 17657
ROP3 Code 113097
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 3
Largest States
Kerala
2,800
Tamil Nadu
1,600
Puducherry
30
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
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 3
  Kerala 2,800
  Tamil Nadu 1,600
  Puducherry 30
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Malayalam (2,000 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
Tamil
1,900
Telugu
60
Kannada
Primary Language Malayalam (2,000 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
  Tamil 1,900
  Telugu 60
  Kannada 0
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  (1841-2022)
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 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 Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
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 Malayalam 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
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Four Spiritual Laws Campus Crusade for Christ
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.51 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
98.74 %
Islam
0.56 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.05 %
Unknown
0.13 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
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