Tottiyan Naicker Ambalavasi in India

The Ambalavasi Tottiyan Naicker have only been reported in India
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Main Language
Largest Religion
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

Tottiyan Naicker is a subgroup of the broader Ambalavasi cluster of Hindu castes.


Where Are they Located?

This Hindu community lives in southern Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Ambalavasi groups like the Tottiyan Naicker serve in Hindu temples. They have various tasks. Some involve supplying flowers, staging dramas, musical performances, or administration. Since their lives are so closely associated with the Hindu religious system, it will be very difficult for them to give Jesus Christ their allegiance.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Ambalavasi Tottiyan Naicker people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods whom they believe will give them favor and protection, much like a business transaction. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. These Hindus believe that in a long run, by performing rituals and good works, they have the chance to attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. Other Hindus are far more philosophical in their spiritual practices. Most of these are part of higher castes, especially the Brahmans.

The main yearly holidays which almost all Hindu communities celebrate 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.


What Are Their Needs?

All of the Ambalavasi peoples need to understand and respond to the worth of Jesus Christ, the only sin-bearing, loving savior.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Ambalavasi Tottiyan Naicker in India.

* Pray for Ambalavasi Tottiyan Naicker culture to be renewed and enhanced by a work of the Holy Spirit and shaped into a God-centered and God-honoring mold.
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to move among Ambalavasi family and community leaders to seek His face and enjoy His blessings.
* Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers who will be compelled to nurture a disciple making movement among the Ambalavasi Tottiyan Naicker people.
* Pray that soon the Ambalavasi people will have faith that will lead them to live honorable lives that will draw others to the Savior.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/21085/IN
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambalavasi


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Ambalavasi Tottiyan Naicker
People Name in Country Ambalavasi Tottiyan Naicker
Natural Name Tottiyan Naicker Ambalavasi
World Population 11,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Gollavar; Rajakambalam; Silavar; Thockalavar Naicker; Tholuva Naicker; Tottiyan; अंबालवासी टोत्थियाँ नाककेर
People ID 21085
ROP3 Code 117909
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 4
Largest States
Tamil Nadu
10,000
Kerala
400
Andhra Pradesh
200
Karnataka
200
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 4
  Tamil Nadu 10,000
  Kerala 400
  Andhra Pradesh 200
  Karnataka 200
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Tamil (11,000 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Malayalam
300
Telugu
100
Primary Language Tamil (11,000 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Malayalam 300
  Telugu 100
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
Virtual Storehouse
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 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 Bible Visuals
General Comprehensive list of Tamil Resources
General God's Simple Plan
General Gospel website in this language
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.82 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.18 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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