Brahmin, Iyer in India

Joshua Project has identified the Brahmin, Iyer only in India
Population
313,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction

Iyers are originally from India's southeastern state of Tamil Nadu. However many have migrated to Karnataka for various reasons, chief among them being the prospect of finding profitable employment. Most Iyer Brahman women have traded the traditional nine-yard saree for modern, convenient clothing. These women are also in the work force of southern India. This would not have been the case 50 years ago.

They were once involved with all kinds of Hindu rituals, but not today. They do, however, maintain the rites and rituals associated with the dead. Iyers are cremated according to Vedic rites soon after they die. Like other Brahmans in south India, the Iyers participate in the Avani Avittam festival. This festival is unique to Brahmans in this part of the world.


Ministry Obstacles

Brahmans believe that if they are faithful to do what the gods expect of them, after they pass away they can reach nirvana, that perfect state of nothingness that Hindus seek. Embracing Christ would interfere with this long-awaited spiritual goal.


Outreach Ideas

The Iyers have always taken an interest in preserving the arts and sciences. Those who go to them may find the meaning behind certain traditional dances and music to be a bridge to the gospel. There are some followers of Christ among other Brahman groups in southern India that could potentially reach out to them.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are no known followers of Christ in this Brahman community.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray that believers in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu will share their Lord with the Iyer Brahmans. Pray that these Brahmans will have meaningful, life-changing encounters with Jesus Christ.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

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Global Prayer Digest: 2015-09-20
People Name General Brahmin, Iyer
People Name in Country Brahmin, Iyer
Population in India 313,000
World Population 313,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 7 to 9
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Ayangar, Ayanger, Ayyiar Brahman, Ayyiar Brahmin, Iver, Iyengar, Iyengar Brahman, Iyengar Brahmin, Sri Vaishnava, Srivaishnava Brahman Iyengar, Srivaishnava Brahmin Iyengar, Tengalai, Thengalai, Vadagalai, ब्रामिन, इएर
People ID 20214
ROP3 Code 115723
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 6
Largest States
Tamil Nadu
(230,000)
Andhra Pradesh
(28,000)
Karnataka
(25,000)
Kerala
(17,000)
Puducherry
(11,000)
Telangana
(2,500)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 6
  Tamil Nadu (230,000)
  Andhra Pradesh (28,000)
  Karnataka (25,000)
  Kerala (17,000)
  Puducherry (11,000)
  Telangana (2,500)
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Tamil (285,000 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Malayalam
(10,000)
Telugu
(6,600)
People Groups Speaking Tamil
Primary Language Tamil (285,000 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Malayalam (10,000)
  Telugu (6,600)
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 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 *
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 %
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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