Vannan (Hindu traditions) in Sri Lanka


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Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
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* From latest Sri Lanka census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The large majority of the Hindu Vannan people live in South India. A smaller group lives on the island of Sri Lanka. The traditional occupation of the Vannan people was washing clothes. This job is disappearing as more washing machines become available in India and Sri Lanka.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The main sources of income in Sri Lanka are tourism, the export of Ceylon tea and rice, textiles, and the export of minerals including titanium ore. The Vannan tend to marry within their group but marriage with other Tamil groups in Sri Lankan is becoming common. Many Vanna young people leave the rural villages in search of better educational and professional opportunities in the cities. The Vannan are taking advantage of Sri Lanka’s free educational system to earn college degrees and gain new jobs. The Vannan encourage their children to complete high school and attend universities. Some Vannan have become professionals when they get their university degrees. Brahmin priests officiate at important family affairs such as births, weddings and funerals.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Vanna practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Vanna visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hope of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians do with their heavenly Father. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. The main yearly holidays of the Vannan people are Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the celebration of autumn and Rama Navami, Rama’s birthday. The Vannan often celebrate Buddhist holidays. The caste system divides Hindus into four main categories - Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and the Shudras. The Vannan would mostly fit into the worker or Shudra caste.


What Are Their Needs?

The Vannan need to see and understand that Jesus is not another Hindu god or guru. He is the Lord and Savior of the world. The Vannan would benefit by learning new jobs skills. Their children need good schools. Rural Vannan need access to modern medicine and clean water.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Vannan (Hindu traditions) in Sri Lanka.

*Ask the Lord of the harvest would send workers to the Vannan. *Pray for a healing of wounds among the Vannan from the Sri Lankan war. *Ask the Lord to raise up a Disciple Making Movement among the Vannan of Sri Lanka in this decade. *Pray that Tamil Bibles and Christian literature get into the hands of the Vannan.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vannar


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Vannan (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Vannan (Hindu traditions)
Population this Country 26,000
Population all Countries 923,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Chayakkar; Dhobi; Kaththavaraya; Mannan; Pandya Vannan; Pathiyan; Peru Vannan; Tulukku Vanan; Vannan Christian; Venar; Virabadran; Wayanadan Pathiyan; वान्नान
People ID 18322
ROP3 Code 113869
Country Sri Lanka
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file 9
Largest States
Central
14,000
Uva
5,100
Sabaragamuwa
2,900
Western
1,900
Southern
500
Eastern
300
Northern
200
North Western
200
North Central
30
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Sri Lanka
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States 9
  Central 14,000
  Uva 5,100
  Sabaragamuwa 2,900
  Western 1,900
  Southern 500
  Eastern 300
  Northern 200
  North Western 200
  North Central 30
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Tamil (26,000 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Tamil (26,000 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  (1727-2016)
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 Sri Lanka census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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