Vellalan in Sri Lanka


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Main Language
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

* Scripture Prayers for the Vellalan in Sri Lanka.

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


References

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


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-09-28
People Name General Vellalan
People Name in Country Vellalan
World Population 2,616,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 2
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
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 Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 46  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 9
Largest States
Central
17,000
Sabaragamuwa
4,100
Uva
3,900
Western
2,000
Eastern
1,900
Southern
600
Northern
500
North Western
300
North Central
60
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Sri Lanka
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 46  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 9
  Central 17,000
  Sabaragamuwa 4,100
  Uva 3,900
  Western 2,000
  Eastern 1,900
  Southern 600
  Northern 500
  North Western 300
  North Central 60
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Tamil
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Malayalam
Primary Language Tamil
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Malayalam
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
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 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 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)
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Bible Visuals
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
12.47 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
87.53 %
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 Sri Lanka census data.  Current values may differ.