Thanda Pulayan in India

The Pulayan Thanda have only been reported in India
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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Evangelical
Progress
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

Because of their tribal background, the Thanda Pulayan people are looked upon as inferior by other Hindu communities. They have the status of Dalits, which is beneath the four Hindu castes. There are a couple of Pulayan subcastes, one of which is the Thanda.


Where Are they Located?

There are Pulayan peoples in various parts of southern India, but the Thanda subcaste lives only in Kerala state.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Along with most other Dalits, the Pulayans are landless. Many are engaged as agricultural laborers, serving landowners without significant pay.

The Pulayans are known to be talented craftsmen and basket makers. They also have a tradition of oral storytelling and folk songs. When they are not working to please their landlords, they enjoy singing and dancing to the music of drums and stringed instruments.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Pulayans are enslaved by a host of vindictive gods, including Mankombu Bhagwati, Siva, Vishnu, and Ayyappa. They look to these gods for protection and blessings.


What Are Their Needs?

Like any people group that is deemed inferior by their neighbors, the Thanda Pulayan need to understand their position before Almighty God. They need to experience His acceptance and lovingkindness in order to thrive as a people.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Pulayan Thanda in India.

Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Thanda Pulayan people teachable and understanding hearts.
Pray that a strong movement of the Holy Spirit will bring entire Thanda Pulayan families into a rich experience of God's blessing.
Pray for Thanda Pulayan families to be drawn by the Holy Spirit to seek forgiveness, and to understand the adequacy of Christ's work on the cross.
Pray for teams of believers to do sustained, focused prayer for the Lord to open the hearts of Thanda Pulayan family leaders to experience God's blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.


References

https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Castes_and_Tribes_of_Southern_India/Thanda_Pulayan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulayar
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17911/IN
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2008/09/10
https://www.google.com/search?q=Thanda+Pulayan+People&oq=Thanda+Pulayan+People&aqs=chrome..69i57.153j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Pulayar#/media/File:Pulaya_women.JPG


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Pulayan Thanda
People Name in Country Pulayan Thanda
Natural Name Thanda Pulayan
Population this Country 147,000
Population all Countries 147,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 3
Alternate Names पुलयन ठंडा
People ID 21219
ROP3 Code 118041
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 2
Largest States
Kerala
144,000
Karnataka
2,600
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 2
  Kerala 144,000
  Karnataka 2,600
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Malayalam (123,000 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Tamil
1,300
Tulu
900
Primary Language Malayalam (123,000 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Tamil 1,300
  Tulu 900
People Groups Speaking Malayalam

Primary Language:  Malayalam

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1811-1968)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1829-1995)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1841-2016)
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
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Malayalam
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel resources links
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 India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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