Vathiriyan (Hindu traditions) in India

The Vathiriyan (Hindu traditions) have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Vathiriyan community is one of the low to middle status Scheduled Caste communities according to the Tamil Nadu Gazette. Their primary language is Tamil. Their community has well defined branches and sub-branches. Originally there were only seven branches which are treated as the original main branches. The Vathiriyan people live in southern India, mostly in state of Tamil Nadu. Many Vathiriyan have now settled in Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu. In search of jobs and education, Vathiriyan 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?

The traditional job of the Vathiriyan is weaving. Due to migration, education and globalization, this occupation has declined. This is one of the rare communities where they follow the clan system through the mother's side, though it is not a matrilineal society.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The majority of the Vathiriyan are Hindu. Along with the Nadar community, some Vathiriyan have responded to Protestant and Catholic missionary work. According to one source, half of them are either Protestant or Catholic Christians. It is reported that as many as 20 percent may be evangelicals. 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 at least one bishop. One of the bishops of Evangelical Church of India (ECI) is from this community. Missionaries used education and vocational training as a tool for economic upliftment. A number of them are engineers, medical doctors, teachers, etc. They have a 70% literacy rate, which is high for similar people of their place in the caste system.


What Are Their Needs?

The Vathiriyan people need to share the blessings God has given them with other communities. They would benefit by learning new job skills and getting higher education.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Vathiriyan (Hindu traditions) in India.

Pray for a desire that will give the Hindu Vathiriyan people a willingness to listen to their Christian neighbors. Pray for a disciple making movement among the Vathiriyan people this decade. Pray for the Lord to send out trained pastors who can teach the Vathiriyan the Word of God.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Vathiriyan (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Vathiriyan (Hindu traditions)
Population this Country 9,200
Population all Countries 9,200
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
9,100
Maharashtra
70
Telangana
40
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 9,100
  Maharashtra 70
  Telangana 40
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Tamil (9,200 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Tamil (9,200 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
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 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 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
Mobile App Download Audio Bible app as APK File from FCBH
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.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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