Nadar (Hindu traditions) 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

Sri Lanka has been called one of the most beautiful places in the world. Unfortunately, a 26-year civil war starting in 1983 took place in the island country. Up to 100,000 died and there was millions of dollars in property damage. The majority Buddhist Sinhalese declared victory over the Tamil Tigers in 2009. Since that time the Sri Lankan economy has begun to rebound, and tourists have returned to the island. As Hindu Tamils, many Nadar sided with the Tamil Tigers. Thousands lost their lives in the war and much of their property was destroyed.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Nadar people of Sri Lanka have cultivated palmyra palm trees for hundreds of years. They were "palmyra climbers." Nadar men and women would climb the palm tree, cut a branch and collect the sweet sap. Although all parts of this palm tree are valuable, the sap quickly becomes palm wine in the warm, tropical climate of Sri Lanka. The production of palm wine or toddy was the main occupation of the Nadars until modern times. Today some Nadar have obtained college degrees and achieved leadership positions in business and government.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The vast majority of the Nadar people are Hindus. The Goddess Bhadrakali is the chief deity of the Nadar. The Nadar also claim that they are the descendants of Bhadrakali. A Bhadrakali temple is at the center of nearly every Nadar community. She is pictured as a fierce warrior with three eyes and carrying weapons with her many hands. The Nadar also worship Murugan, the god of war and son of Shiva. The Nadar people worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Nadars visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hope of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians do with their heavenly Father. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. The main yearly holidays of the Nadar people are 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 Nadar need to learn new job skills outside of making palm wine. They must comprehend that Jesus is more than another Hindu god or guru. He alone can forgive their sins and grant them eternal life. Rural Nadar need access to modern medical and clean water.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Nadar (Hindu traditions) in Sri Lanka.

* Pray that Nadar Christian believers would be trained in discipleship and reach out to their Hindu brothers and sisters with the gospel of Christ. * Pray that the Lord would move Christians to help the Nadar obtain other jobs than the production of palm wine. * Pray that Nadar believers read and study the Tamil Bibles that are available. *Ask the Lord to raise up a Disciple Making Movement among the Nadar in Sri Lanka in this decade.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nadar_(caste) https://www.nadarmatrimony.com/sri-lanka-matrimonial


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Nadar (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Nadar (Hindu traditions)
Population this Country 26,000
Population all Countries 3,041,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Chanmar; Channan; Gramani; Mamameri; Marar; Nadar Christian; Sanan; Shana; Shanan; Shanana; Shananar; Torke Nadar; Uppu Nadar; नादर
People ID 17735
ROP3 Code 113193
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
17,000
Western
3,800
Sabaragamuwa
1,300
Eastern
1,300
Northern
1,000
Uva
500
North Western
500
Southern
400
North Central
50
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Sri Lanka
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States 9
  Central 17,000
  Western 3,800
  Sabaragamuwa 1,300
  Eastern 1,300
  Northern 1,000
  Uva 500
  North Western 500
  Southern 400
  North Central 50
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Tamil
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Malayalam
Primary Language Tamil
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Malayalam
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  (1727-2016)
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
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Father's 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 Finding Peace
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tamil
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Comprehensive list of Tamil Resources
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
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
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Sri Lanka census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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