Bania Chetti in Sri Lanka


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Introduction / History

The Chettis first came to Sri Lanka from southern India as traders.


Where Are they Located?

This people group lives mainly in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka, but some have moved to the nearby beautiful island of Sri Lanka.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Chettiar are also called Chetti. Chetti is a name given to many castes among this people. The word Chetti means trader.

Among the Chettis there seems to be more widowers than widows. There are more married men than married women. Chettis have sub groups called Ayira Vaisyar.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Though there might have been some Roman Catholic influence in their community in the past, today the Sri Lankan Chetti are 100 percent Hindu.


What Are Their Needs?

This people group is somewhat economically stable, but spiritually they do not know that Jesus Christ came to save sinners. Who will tell them?


Prayer Points

* Pray that believers from India will soon take the life-transforming gospel to the Sri Lankan Chetti.
* Pray for Christ-centered fellowships and disciple-making movements to emerge among this people group.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/19695/IN
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Lankan_Chetties
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chitty
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chettiar


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Bania Chetti
People Name in Country Bania Chetti
Population in Sri Lanka 6,500
World Population 811,500
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Arayia, Arayia Vaisya, Ayira Vysyar, Baqal, Chetti, Chettiar, Komati, Sahukar, Vaisya, Vani, Vania, बनिया, चेट्टी
People ID 19695
ROP3 Code 115147
Country Sri Lanka
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 44  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 8
Largest States
Western
5,800
North Western
300
Central
200
Sabaragamuwa
70
Uva
60
Eastern
30
Southern
20
North Central
10
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Sri Lanka
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 44  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 8
  Western 5,800
  North Western 300
  Central 200
  Sabaragamuwa 70
  Uva 60
  Eastern 30
  Southern 20
  North Central 10
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Tamil
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Telugu
Other People Groups Speaking Tamil
Primary Language Tamil
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Telugu
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 National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go 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 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 God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Old Version Bible
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
Unknown
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2018  Isudas  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest Sri Lanka census data.  Current values may differ.


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