Vellalan in Sri Lanka

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Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

The Vellala or Vellalar live in India and Sri Lanka. In Sri Lanka they are part of the Tamils and they migrated from Tamil Nadu in India. In India, the Vellala are mostly in rural regions. They eat rice as their main cereal. They are cultivators by tradition and Hinduism is their religion.

In Tamil Nadu, the Vellala speak, read and write in Tamil. There are vegetarians and non-vegetarians among them. They are endogamous, meaning they prefer marriage with a member of their group. Cross-cousin marriages are favored. Widowers can marry again but not widows and divorcees. The oldest son becomes in charge of the home by inheritance. Marriages are arranged at the home of the bridegroom. The deceased are buried or cremated. The Vellala are landlords and work in agriculture. Some are in professional work. They educate their children and use modern and traditional medicines and do family planning.

In Kerala, the Vellala here migrated from Tamil Nadu. They are similar to those in Tamil Nadu but they read and write in Malayalam as well as in Tamil. They are vegetarians. Divorcees can marry again. Marriage is at the home of the bride. The dead are cremated. They work in agriculture in rural regions and in business in urban ones.

Prayer Points

* Pray that God will give the Vellala dreams and visions bringing them to Salvation.
* Pray that gospel materials will bring them to Jesus Christ.


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

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

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Global Prayer Digest: 2010-09-28
People Name General Vellalan
People Name in Country Vellalan
Population in Sri Lanka 339,000
World Population 2,865,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 7 to 9
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Agamudiya, Agamudiyar, Aiyer, Annachi, Ayyangar, Bhuvaisya, Erudanti, Gangeddulu, Gangireddulavandlu, Gangiredlavaru, Isai Vellalar, Iyengar, Iyer, Karalan, Karganta, Karkatha, Karlatja Vellalar, Kattai, Kerrakarar, Kodikalarar, Kongadi, Kongu Vellala Gounder, Kongu Vellalar, Melakkaran, Mudali, Mudaliar, Mudaliyar, Mudaliyar Naicker, Mudliar, Nandiwale, Nanijil Mudali, Nanjanattu Pillai, Natt, Nokkar, Perumal Erudukkaran, Perumal Madukkaran, Perumal Mattukkaran, Pillai, Pille, Puja Gollalu, Puluvan, Punu Gollalu, Saya Pillaimar, Sozhia Vellalar, Telangalu, Tuluva, Vatrilaikaran, Vellala, Vellalar, Vipravinodulu, Virakodi Vellalar, वेल्लालन
People ID 18317
ROP3 Code 113864
Country Sri Lanka
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 45  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Sri Lanka
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 45  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Tamil (339,000 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Tamil
Primary Language Tamil (339,000 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
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Fathers 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 Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video General Ministry Resources
Film / Video God's Story Video
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)
General Bible Visuals
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Old Version Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From Sri Lanka census data.  Current values may differ.

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