Syrian Christian in India


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Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
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Introduction / History

The Syrian Christians in India are also called St. Thomas Christians. They are not vegetarians and rice is their main cereal. They are in several parts of India and they speak, read and write Malayam. They have ancestors from Syria.

The Syrian Christians in Kerala marry within their own group and do adult marriages through discussion. The bereaved are allowed to marry again. The women help in agriculture for example as well as doing the housework. There are birth and death pollution periods. The Protestants among them do baptisms by immersion under water. There are church councils that teach religion and look after the members. They have festivals. Boys and girls get educated. Family planning is used and so are traditional and modern medicines.

The Syrian Christians of Rajasthan speak Hindi and read and write in Devanagari. Sons inherit the property with the oldest son becoming in charge of the home. The bereaved can marry again. Children are baptized at twelve years of age. Marriage is done in a church. The dead are buried. The Syrians here work in private and government service. There is a committee that helps the community. They go to Orthodox churches. Males and females are educated and they use modern medicine.

The Syrian Christians of Tamil Nadu speak, read and write in Tamil. The bereaved can marry again. They work in business or in government service. They believe in education, family planning and in traditional and modern medicines.


Prayer Points

* Pray that the Syrian Christians will have the gospel message given to them so that instead of being nominal Christians they become born again.
* Pray for gospel materials to be given to them.


References

Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Syrian Christian
People Name in Country Syrian Christian
Population in India 3,711,000
World Population 3,711,700
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 3
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Azhayakar, Jacobite, Knanaya, Knanaya Christian, Knanaya Samudhayan, Mar Thoma, Marthoma Christiani, Nazarani Mapilla, Pazhayakur, Puthenkur, Thekkumbhaga Samudhayam, Thekkumbhagar Samudhayan, Vadakkumbhagar, Vadakkumbhaggar, सिरियन क्रिस्चियन
People ID 18199
ROP3 Code 113714
Country India
Region South Asia
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 36
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Kerala
3,026,000
Tamil Nadu
324,000
Karnataka
186,000
Maharashtra
122,000
Delhi
13,000
Gujarat
8,300
Telangana
5,800
West Bengal
4,500
Madhya Pradesh
2,600
Andhra Pradesh
2,200
Chhattisgarh
2,000
Uttar Pradesh
1,800
Rajasthan
1,700
Andaman and Nicobar
1,500
Punjab
1,400
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 36  (only 20 largest shown)
  Kerala 3,026,000
  Tamil Nadu 324,000
  Karnataka 186,000
  Maharashtra 122,000
  Delhi 13,000
  Gujarat 8,300
  Telangana 5,800
  West Bengal 4,500
  Madhya Pradesh 2,600
  Andhra Pradesh 2,200
  Chhattisgarh 2,000
  Uttar Pradesh 1,800
  Rajasthan 1,700
  Andaman and Nicobar 1,500
  Punjab 1,400
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Malayalam (3,560,000 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
Tamil
60,000
Tulu
28,000
English
27,000
Konkani
16,000
Konkani, Goan
6,400
Kannada
1,000
Other People Groups Speaking Malayalam
Primary Language Malayalam (3,560,000 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
  Tamil 60,000
  Tulu 28,000
  English 27,000
  Konkani 16,000
  Konkani, Goan 6,400
  Kannada 1,000
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  (1841-2004)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Father's Love Letter
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 Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Malayalam
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible Gateway Scripture
Text / Printed Matter Bible: മലയാളം - Malayalam
Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
100.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


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