Brahmin Tamil in India

The Brahmin Tamil have only been reported in India
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Introduction / History

The Brahmin Tamils have been the highest caste of priests and Hindu scholars in the southern Indian region of Tamil Nadu for nearly two thousand years. They have been accused of racism by the lower caste Tamils by saying that they came for the creator Brahman’s mouth while the other castes from other parts of the creator’s body. They claim to be true Aryans while the rest of the Tamil peoples are Dravidians. Until recent times they have dominated the Hindu temples in Tamil lands, denying entrance to every Dalit and others who they deem to be unworthy.

In addition to being the chief Hindu temple priests, they made up the large majority of the administrators and governmental officials during the British period. As a result, the Brahmin Tamils are often despised by many of the lower Tamil castes.

Today the Brahmin Tamils continue to serve as government leaders, university professors, jurists and scientists. Due to their high education level, they speak Tamil, English, Hindi and other regional Indian languages. They are patrons of Indian arts, literature and science.

Many famous Indian people are Brahmin Tamils including the mathematician Ramanujan, US Senator Kamala Harris, three Nobel laureates, world chess champion Viswanathan Anand and filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan.


Where Are they Located?

Like their name suggests, most Brahmin Tamils live in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Some have left their ancestral home and now live in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and other areas of India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The lives of Brahmin Tamils are filled with the rituals and good works of Hinduism.
Every morning they must take a purifying bath. They are generally vegetarians with rice, lentils, bean curds and ghee, a type of butter, being their main foods. Food is to be consumed only after making an offering to the deities. They abstain from alcohol and tobacco.

The Brahmin Tamils are strictly endogamous, meaning they only marry within their group. Families arrange marriages with the consent of the young people. Sons inherit their father’s property with the eldest son gaining the family home and father’s titles.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Brahmin Tamils are devout Hindus. Some worships Shiva as the supreme deity while other worship Vishnu are the supreme god. Another group, the Iyers, follow the religious philosophy of the guru Adi Sahnkara. All these Hindu sects believe that Moksha or freedom comes from performing rituals and good deeds.

The Brahmin Tamils participate and frequently lead the Hindu holidays in Tamil Nadu such as Diwali, the festival of lights, Vinayake Chathurthi, the festival dedicated to Ganesha, the god of good fortune and wisdom and Navratri, the nine-day festival in autumn.


What Are Their Needs?

The Brahmin Tamils need to be humble enough to see themselves as sinners in need of the true Savior, Jesus Christ. They need to see the love, grace and mercy of Christ lived out before them. They must see that heir Hindu rituals and good deeds will not save them from their sins.


Prayer Points

* Pray for the eyes of Brahman Tamils hearts to be open to Jesus Christ.
* Pray for Christ to reveal Himself to Brahman Tamil leaders through dreams, visions, and the Bible.
* Pray for Holy Spirit directed Christ followers to go to Brahman communities.
* Pray for a disciple making movement to emerge among every Brahman Tamil community.


References

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brahmin_Tamil
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamil_Brahmin
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iyer


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

People Name General Brahmin Tamil
People Name in Country Brahmin Tamil
Population in India 511,000
World Population 511,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 10
Alternate Names ब्रामिन, तमिल
People ID 19982
ROP3 Code 115764
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 23
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Tamil Nadu
395,000
Karnataka
38,000
Andhra Pradesh
36,000
Kerala
14,000
Maharashtra
10,000
Puducherry
6,000
Telangana
4,500
Delhi
2,400
Andaman and Nicobar
900
West Bengal
900
Madhya Pradesh
700
Jharkhand
500
Uttar Pradesh
400
Gujarat
300
Odisha
300
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 23  (only 20 largest shown)
  Tamil Nadu 395,000
  Karnataka 38,000
  Andhra Pradesh 36,000
  Kerala 14,000
  Maharashtra 10,000
  Puducherry 6,000
  Telangana 4,500
  Delhi 2,400
  Andaman and Nicobar 900
  West Bengal 900
  Madhya Pradesh 700
  Jharkhand 500
  Uttar Pradesh 400
  Gujarat 300
  Odisha 300
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Tamil (511,000 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Other People Groups Speaking Tamil
Primary Language Tamil (511,000 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
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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
99.99 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Profile Source David Kugel  
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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