Tamil (Hindu traditions) in New Zealand

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Introduction / History

Tamil is a Dravidian language, meaning that it is spoken by the original peoples of southern India. There are a number of Tamil dialects, and it is one of the longest-surviving classical languages of South Asia. Some Tamil inscriptions date as far back as 2500 years.

Where Are they Located?

Most Tamil speakers are either from India's southeastern state of Tamil Nadu or northern Sri Lanka. Some have migrated to other parts of the world including New Zealand, where Tamil speakers have associations in both Auckland and Canterbury.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Tamil speakers are one of the major South Asian peoples that have gone to other parts of the world. However, Tamil speakers are not as likely to be part of the South Asian diaspora as those who speak Punjabi, Gujarati or Bengali.

What Are Their Beliefs?

In India, the majority of Tamil speakers are Hindu, though there are sizeable Muslim and Christian minorities. There are even Tamil pastors and missionaries. In New Zealand, however, all the Tamil speakers are Hindu. Although many are devout Hindus, many simply follow worship practices without a full understanding their Hindu beliefs.

What Are Their Needs?

Tamil Indians would state their needs in terms of educational, social and economic opportunities. Like other South Asians, they are looking for better job opportunities in New Zealand than India have to offer.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Tamil (Hindu traditions) in New Zealand.

* Pray for spiritual hunger among the South Asian diaspora in New Zealand.
* Pray for Tamil language Bible studies and fellowships to spring up in New Zealand.
* Pray for the Lord to raise up missionaries to Tamil speakers in New Zealand.



Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Tamil (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Tamil (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation TAH-mill
Population this Country 9,800
Population all Countries 2,764,000
Total Countries 20
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names तमिल (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 18211
ROP3 Code 113732
Country New Zealand
Region Australia and Pacific
Continent Oceania
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country New Zealand
Region Australia and Pacific
Continent Oceania
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Tamil (9,800 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Tamil (9,800 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  (1727-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
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
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source Anonymous 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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