Velan in India

The Velan have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Subgroups: 6

Subgroup Name Population
Cunnambu 9,000
Cherar Unknown
Cholia Unknown
Malayan Velan Unknown
Pandi Velan Unknown
Pandiyar Unknown

Introduction / History

The Velan (or Velar) are a scheduled caste who live mainly in Kerala. They speak, read and write in Malayalam. They are not vegetarians who eat beef and pork and eat rice as a cereal.

The Velan have cross-cousin marriages. The women help in agriculture, social and religious matters. They also look after finances.

Marriages include a dowry. They have birth and marriage rituals. The dead are cremated. Those that live in the north continue with their tradition of making pots. They have a caste council to look after them. They are landowners.

They are traditionally washers of clothes and harvesting coconuts. They also work in breeding animals, in businesses, in industry and for the government.

The Velan are Hindus by religion and have festivals. They are generally well educated and they educate both boys and girls.

Some of the Velan live in Tamil Nadu. In Tamil Nadu the Velar make pots. Sons inherit the property on the death of the father with the oldest son becoming in charge of the home. Divorce and marrying again are not allowed. They speak, read and write in Tamil. Elders judge in disagreements. They use family planning and modern medicines too.


Prayer Points

* Pray that Indian Christians will lead them to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that gospel materials and the internet will lead them to salvation.


References

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


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Velan
People Name in Country Velan
Population in India 86,000
World Population 86,000
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 Anjuttan, Anthuran, Kuyavar, Veelar, Velar, वेलन
People ID 18305
ROP3 Code 113851
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Malayali
People Group Velan
Ethnic Code CNN23b
Total Subgroups 6
  Cunnambu 9,000
  Cherar 0
  Cholia 0
  Malayan Velan 0
  Pandi Velan 0
  Pandiyar 0
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 8
Largest States
Kerala
82,000
Andhra Pradesh
1,400
Tamil Nadu
1,200
Karnataka
500
Maharashtra
300
Telangana
200
Delhi
100
Puducherry
80
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 8
  Kerala 82,000
  Andhra Pradesh 1,400
  Tamil Nadu 1,200
  Karnataka 500
  Maharashtra 300
  Telangana 200
  Delhi 100
  Puducherry 80
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Malayalam (83,000 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
Konkani
1,500
Tamil
1,100
Tulu
20
Other People Groups Speaking Malayalam
Primary Language Malayalam (83,000 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
  Konkani 1,500
  Tamil 1,100
  Tulu 20
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: 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 %
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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