Pallan (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. The name Kudumban means family. Pallar people also call themselves Kudumban and are known for their kindness and generosity. The Pallan or Pallar are an agricultural community who live in southern India and Sri Lanka. They have had low status in Sri Lankan society due to their occupations that includes skinning cattle and collecting manure for fertilizer.


What Are Their Lives Like?

As Tamil speaking Hindus, many Pallan fought for the Tamil Tigers in the Sri Lankan civil war. Many lost their lives and much of their property was destroyed. The Pallan are slowly rebuilding their lives. The Pallan still work mostly in agriculture. Some own small plots of land while others are landless workers on land owned by others. Pallar men and women work as farm laborers. Pallar women take part in social and religious matters like many women of India. They believe in being educated, but most remain in an oral culture. Some Pallan have become educated and hold jobs in government, teaching and business. Pallar people do not marry outside their community. They have cross-cousin marriages.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Pallan people believe they are descended from the Hindu god Devendran or Indra, the king of the gods. The Pallan practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They 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 Pallan 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 Pallan 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. They also celebrate Buddhist holidays.


What Are Their Needs?

The Pallan need literacy and new job skills. Rural Pallan need access to electricity and clean water. Most of all they need to hear about Jesus Christ and the hope He brings. Jesus alone can forgive their sins and give them eternal life.


Prayer Points

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

* Pray that Pallar people will be liberated by God's Holy Spirit from the many ties that bind them to lives devoid of Christ's blessings. * Pray that Pallar people will experience a growing desire to know the truth of God's Word. * Pray for the Lord to multiply the reception and influence of His Word among the Pallar people, leading them to love Him with their whole being. *Ask the Lord to raise up a Disciple Making Movement among the Pallan of Sri Lanka in this decade.


References

wikipedia.org/wiki/Pallar


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Pallan (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Pallan (Hindu traditions)
Population this Country 46,000
Population all Countries 2,517,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Devendrakulathan; Kaladi; Kudumban; Mallar; Vellalar; पल्लार
People ID 17886
ROP3 Code 113366
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
28,000
Uva
7,400
Sabaragamuwa
5,300
Western
3,600
Southern
1,000
Eastern
700
Northern
400
North Western
300
North Central
200
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 28,000
  Uva 7,400
  Sabaragamuwa 5,300
  Western 3,600
  Southern 1,000
  Eastern 700
  Northern 400
  North Western 300
  North Central 200
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 data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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