Pala Ekiri Vanniyan in India

The Pala Ekiri Vanniyan have only been reported in India
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

Vanniyan people claim to be descendants of medieval kings who ruled Andhra Pradesh and north Tamil Nadu. Today they have been named a scheduled backward caste in order to gain more government benefits.
There are a number of Vanniyan subgroups including the Pala Ekiri. They live in northern Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Agriculture is their main work. Some have a college education and work in business, trade and industry. The Pala Ekiri Vanniyan prefer cross-cousin marriages. They allow for divorce and remarriage. On the death of the father, sons inherit the property with the oldest son taking charge of the family estate. They have birth and marriage rituals. They cremate their dead. Caste associations look after the needs of the Pala Ekiri Vanniyan people.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Pala Ekiri Vanniyan people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.
Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like 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?

The Pala Ekiri Vanniyan need help in educating their children. Rural Vanniyan need help in gaining access to modern medicine, electricity and indoor plumbing. Most of all, the Pala Ekiri Vanniyan need to hear and understand the message of Jesus Christ who alone can forgive their sins and give them lasting peace of mind.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Holy Spirit to work powerfully through believers ministering to the Vanniyan people.
Pray for Pala Ekiri Vanniyan families and communities to discover and embrace the free gift of life found by trusting Christ and his finished work.
Pray that growing, Bible-believing fellowships would be planted among the Pala Ekiri Vanniyan.
Pray for spiritual hunger and discernment that will lead them to the cross and the empty grave.


Scripture Prayers for the Vanniyan Pala Ekiri in India.


References

Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanniyar


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Vanniyan Pala Ekiri
People Name in Country Vanniyan Pala Ekiri
Natural Name Pala Ekiri Vanniyan
Population this Country 30,000
Population all Countries 30,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Doralu; Kampanamollu; Nayanoeeu; Nayanollu; Nayanorlu; Nayullu; Pala Ekiri; Pala Yakari; Pala Yakarlu; वन्नीयाँ पाला एकिरी
People ID 21271
ROP3 Code 118094
Country India
Region Asia, South
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 3
Largest States
Andhra Pradesh
27,000
Tamil Nadu
1,400
Karnataka
1,400
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 3
  Andhra Pradesh 27,000
  Tamil Nadu 1,400
  Karnataka 1,400
Website South Asia Peoples
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.
Primary Language Telugu (30,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Telugu (30,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Telugu

Primary Language:  Telugu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1812-1966)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1818-1989)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1854-2022)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
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Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Telugu Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
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