Vellalan Tondamandalam in India

The Vellalan Tondamandalam have only been reported in India
Population
209,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Vellala are Hindus by religion. They are a very old community.

In Tamil Nadu they speak, read and write in Tamil. There are vegetarians and non-vegetarians among them. They eat rice and millet. Cousin marriages take place. Divorce and widows marrying again are not allowed. Widowers can marry again. On the death of the father, the oldest son becomes in charge of the home. There are birth and marriage rituals and the dead are either buried or cremated. Agriculture is their main work and they tend to be landlords. They use traditional and modern medicines and family planning. There are politicians among them. Boys and girls get educated.

In Kerala the Vellala use Malayalam as well as Tamil. They migrated from Tamil Nadu. Divorce and marrying again are allowed. They are vegetarians. The dead are cremated. They have an organization that looks after them.


Prayer Points

* Pray that Vellala leaders come to Jesus Christ and lead others to Him.
* Pray that gospel materials and the internet will lead them to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that the church will not neglect to pray for them.


References

Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Vellalan Tondamandalam
People Name in Country Vellalan Tondamandalam
Population in India 209,000
World Population 209,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 4
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Thondai Mandala Mudaliar, Thondaimandala Saiva, Tondaimandala Mudaliar Christian, Tondamandalam Saiva, Vellalar
People ID 21281
ROP3 Code 118104
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 2
Largest States
Tamil Nadu
(206,000)
Puducherry
(2,600)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 2
  Tamil Nadu (206,000)
  Puducherry (2,600)
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Tamil (209,000 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Tamil
Primary Language Tamil (209,000 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
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go 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 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 Unknown)
0.84 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.16 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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