Valan in India

The Valan have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Subgroups: 1

Subgroup Name Population
Ammukkuvan 2,200

Introduction / History

The word vala means tall fishing net since they are one of the traditional fishing castes. They believe they were brought to Kerala as boatmen. In the earlier days of their community they were not only fishermen but also landed farmers or medical doctors. The Valan live in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. They speak, read and write in Malayalam, the language of Kerala.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Valan work in fishing, farming and small business. They have a caste council to look after their interests. They try to make sure their children have an education. They allow for divorce and remarriage. Unlike most Hindu peoples, they bury their dead. Property goes to the sons with the oldest son taking charge of the family estate upon the death of the father.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Hinduism is their religion. They have their own festivals. Spiritual beliefs of Hindus are very diverse from those who worship only one god to those who worship hundreds of them to those who are philosophical and do not worship any.


What Are Their Needs?

The Valan people need believers from other South Indian communities to share with them how to find the abundant life that only Jesus Christ offers to all nations.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Valan in India.

* Pray that the caste council leaders will come to Jesus Christ and lead their entire community to consider the claims of the Lord. * Pray for faithful intercessors and workers to go to them. * Pray for them to prosper spiritually and give the God of heaven the glory.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Valan
People Name in Country Valan
Population this Country 91,000
Population all Countries 91,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Arayan; Cochin Moyer; Dheevaru; Katal Arayan; Katal Aryan; Katalaraiyan; Moger; Nulayan; Nulayar; Nullayan; Valayan; वलन
People ID 18294
ROP3 Code 113839
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 3
Largest States
Kerala
56,000
Tamil Nadu
35,000
Delhi
70
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 3
  Kerala 56,000
  Tamil Nadu 35,000
  Delhi 70
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Malayalam (58,000 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Tamil
33,000
Primary Language Malayalam (58,000 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Tamil 33,000
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  (1841-2016)
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 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 Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
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 Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel website in this language
General Gospel website in this language
General Gospel website in this language
General Gospel website in this language
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 India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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