Vedan Malai in India

The Vedan Malai have only been reported in India
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The word Vedan means a hunter in Malayam. The Malai Vedan speak Malayam and Tamil. They live in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Agriculture is their main work. Most of them have tattoos. They are not vegetarians. They eat rice as a cereal. They avoid milk or milk products.

Vedan Malai marriages are monogamous, meaning between one husband and one wife. They allow for divorce. The dead are cremated.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Vedan Malai 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.

Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama’s birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

The Vedan Malai people need a John 10:10 blessing: The abundant life Jesus offers those who are willing to submit to his lordship.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Vedan Malai culture to be renewed and enhanced by a work of the Holy Spirit and shaped into a God-centered and God-honoring mold.

Pray that God gives the Malai Vedan dreams and visions leading them to Jesus Christ.

Pray for the Holy Spirit to move among their family and community leaders to seek his face and enjoy his blessings.

Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers who will be compelled to nurture a disciple making movement among the Vedan Malai people.

Pray that soon the Vedan Malai people will have faith that will lead them to live honorable lives that will draw others to the savior.


Scripture Prayers for the Malai Vedan in India.


References

http://tribesindia.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=348%3Atamil-nadu-malai-vedan&catid=44%3Atribes-national-level&lang=en

http://keralawindow.net/tribals.html#ved


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Malai Vedan
People Name in Country Malai Vedan
Natural Name Vedan Malai
Population this Country 20,000
Population all Countries 20,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 5  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Karumgali Makkal; Malai Kanis; Malai Kanu; Malai Vedar; Velan; मलाई वेदन
People ID 17723
ROP3 Code 113173
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 5
Largest States
Kerala
9,600
Tamil Nadu
8,500
Karnataka
1,100
Delhi
100
Puducherry
90
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 5
  Kerala 9,600
  Tamil Nadu 8,500
  Karnataka 1,100
  Delhi 100
  Puducherry 90
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Malayalam (8,700 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
Tamil
7,600
Kannada
100
Telugu
100
Marathi
80
Tulu
20
Hindi
Primary Language Malayalam (8,700 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
  Tamil 7,600
  Kannada 100
  Telugu 100
  Marathi 80
  Tulu 20
  Hindi 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
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Amazon
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National Bible Societies
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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
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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
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General Bible for Children Bible for Children
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
2.52 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
96.95 %
Islam
0.06 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.47 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more