Vathiriyan (Hindu traditions) in India

The Vathiriyan (Hindu traditions) have only been reported in India
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Introduction / History

The Vathiriyar community has well defined branches and sub-branches inside their community structure. Originally there were only seven branches which are treated as the original main branches. Over time due to differences in understanding and arguments several sub-branches formed under the main branches.


Where Are they Located?

They live mostly in the Tuticorin, Kanyakumari and Thirunelveli districts of Tamil Nadu, India. Quite a good numbers have now settled in Chennai, capital of state Tamil Nadu. In search of jobs and education, people have migrated in large numbers to Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Salem and Vellore. Smaller numbers are found in Hyderabad and Mumbai.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Vathiriayan community is one of the SC communities according to Tamil Nadu Gazette (no 72). Their traditional job is weaving. Due to migration, education and globalization this occupation is almost becoming extinct.

Sociologically speaking, this is one of the rare communities, follow the clan system through maternal side, though it is not a matrilineal society.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The majority of the Vathiriyan are Hindu. They responded to the gospel along with the Nadar community during the SPG and CMS missionary work and Catholic missionary work. According to one source, half of them are Christians both Protestants and Catholics. It is reported that as many as 20 percent of them may be evangelical Christians.

One report says, "This community cannot be taken as an unreached community. Almost 100% of them know the gospel, though only 50% are Christians. Over 50 are found in full time ministry and most of them are theological graduates. This community has produced one bishop at least. One of the bishops of Evangelical Church of India (ECI) is from this community."


What Are Their Needs?

This community can be taken as an example for the following: missionaries used education and vocational training as a tool for economic upliftment. This community used the education given by the missionaries. Today number of them are engineers, medical doctors, teachers and doing many other jobs. 70% is the literacy rate.


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Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Vathiriyan (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Vathiriyan (Hindu traditions)
World Population 9,400
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names वतिरियाँ
People ID 18302
ROP3 Code 113847
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
Tamil Nadu
9,300
Maharashtra
80
Telangana
60
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
  Tamil Nadu 9,300
  Maharashtra 80
  Telangana 60
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Tamil (9,400 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Tamil (9,400 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  (1727-2002)
Bible-NT Audio Online
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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources
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Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Finding Peace
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Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tamil
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
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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 %
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* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.