Palliyan in India

The Palliyan have only been reported in India
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* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Introduction / History

Paliyan is one of the many ethnic Dravidian (ethnolinguistic and cultural) tribes in Southern India. They are known to reside in the southwestern Ghats Montane rainforests in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. They are considered a "secluded tribe," meaning they have little contact with outsiders.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Paliyan people lead difficult lives in the forests with little to no support from the government. They live in small groups in remote villages at the foots of hills with minimal resources. Some Paliyan people work in plantations as wage laborers. However, they are primarily traders of forest products such as honey and yams. Yams are also their major food source. The Paliyan people rely on forest herbs and plants for their medicinal needs.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Paliyan 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 government and other bodies should assist them with their daily needs. The Paliyan need the Holy Spirit to open their eyes so they can see Jesus. They need a means to access the Bible in the remote areas through their work or those in villages next to the forest. "Make them holy by Your truth; teach them Your word which is truth." John 17:17


Prayer Points

Pray for loving workers to go to the Paliyan people, and for their hearts to be ready to receive their savior.
Pray for families of believers loving and serving others to grow reproducing churches.
Pray for a chain reaction of families reaching families that result in thousands of new disciples who share their faith with others.
Pray for grace and truth expanding into their entire society as all believers learn to love others.


Scripture Prayers for the Palliyan in India.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paliyan


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Palliyan
People Name in Country Palliyan
Alternate Names Makkal; Malai Paliyar; Malaival; Palani Makkal; Paliyan; Paliyar; Pallavan; Palleyan; Palli; Palliya; Palliyar; Poliyar; Pulayar; Puliyar; पल्लियान
Population this Country 7,500
Population all Countries 7,500
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 17887
ROP3 Code 113367
ROP25 Code 306463
ROP25 Name Palliyan
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 4
Largest States
Tamil Nadu
5,500
Kerala
1,400
Karnataka
400
Puducherry
50
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 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 4
  Tamil Nadu 5,500
  Kerala 1,400
  Karnataka 400
  Puducherry 50
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
4.81 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
94.19 %
Islam
0.22 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.03 %
Unknown
0.74 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Tamil (5,900 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Malayalam
200
Kannada
100
Telugu
60
Marathi
30
Tulu
Primary Language Tamil (5,900 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Malayalam 200
  Kannada 100
  Telugu 60
  Marathi 30
  Tulu 10
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  (1727-2024)
FCBH NT (www.bible.is) Online
YouVersion NT (www.bible.com) 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 General Ministry Resources General / Other
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture Talking Bibles
Audio Recordings Recorded oral Bible Oral Bibles
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 Tamil 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 Rivka video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Comprehensive list of Tamil Resources General / Other
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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