Pulayan in Sri Lanka


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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Evangelical
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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

The Pulayan people know a lot about the word pollution. Their name is derived from pula, which means pollution. And as members of the lowest rung of Hindu society, they are often treated like trash.
They live mainly in India’s southern states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, but some are in nearby Sri Lanka.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Along with most other low caste communities, the Pulayans are landless. Many are engaged as agricultural laborers, serving higher caste landowners without significant pay. They are known to be talented craftsmen and basket makers. They also have a tradition of oral storytelling and folk songs. When the Pulayan are not working to please their landlords, they enjoy singing and dancing to the music of drums and stringed instruments.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Their economic status parallels their spiritual state. The Pulayans are enslaved by a host of gods, including Mankombu Bhagwati, Siva, Vishnu, and Ayyappa. Fortunately, there are some in Sri Lanka who follow the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.


What Are Their Needs?

The Pulayan people need the Holy Spirit to direct them into a loving relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.


Prayer Points

Pray for God to change the identity of the Pulayans from “people of pollution” to “people of Light and Life.”
Ask him to set them free from the social and economic bondage of being low caste.
Pray for them to be open to the gospel, to begin seeking to please the Lord Jesus Christ, and to respond with singing and dancing for God's glory.
Pray for loving workers to go to the Pulayan people until they are discipling others.


Scripture Prayers for the Pulayan in Sri Lanka.


References

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


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Pulayan
People Name in Country Pulayan
Pronunciation POO-lah-yahn
Alternate Names Cheramar; Christian; Malaipulayan; पुलयन (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
Population this Country 4,700
Population all Countries 1,116,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 2
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 17911
ROP3 Code 113392
ROP25 Code 306831
ROP25 Name Pulayan
Country Sri Lanka
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file 5
Largest States
Central
2,600
Uva
1,200
Western
500
Sabaragamuwa
500
Southern
50
Country Sri Lanka
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States 5
  Central 2,600
  Uva 1,200
  Western 500
  Sabaragamuwa 500
  Southern 50
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
11.79 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
88.21 %
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.
Primary Language Tamil (4,700 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Tamil (4,700 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
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)
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Amazon
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Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources General / Other
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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
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General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
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Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
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