Primanar in Sri Lanka

The Primanar have only been reported in Sri Lanka
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest Sri Lanka census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Primanar are a group of Tamil Brahmins who left their homeland in South India to live in the island nation of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka became an independent nation in 1948. Many from the Primanar people were leaders in the Sri Lankan Civil War (1983-2009) against the Buddhist Sinhalese majority. The Tamil Sri Lankans wanted to establish their own country in the east and north of the island. Thousands of Primanar were killed in the war and others fled as refugees to Europe, Australia, Canada or the USA. Sri Lanka is still rebuilding from the war. Along with thousands of lost lives, the Tamils in Sri Lanka experienced the destruction of their property and livelihoods. As educated Sri Lankans, Primanar people speak Tamil, English and Sinhala.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Brahmin Primanar constitute the highest caste of the Tamil speaking people in Sri Lanka. Before the war they served as Hindu priests and teachers. Many were also landowners. Lower castes worked their land growing rice, coconuts, tea, palm trees, and spices. The Primanar also held high positions in business, technology, education, law, medicine, and science. They are trying to regain their status as wealthy Brahmins. Primanar parents encourage their children to pursue university degrees. Marriage to one spouse is the norm. Young people choose their spouses with the consent of their families. The Primanar marry within their people.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Primanar practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. The Primanar pay special devotion of Shiva, the god of destruction and the arts. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Primanar visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hope of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians do with their heavenly Father. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.The main yearly holidays of the Primanar people 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. A small fraction of the Primanar became Roman Catholics during the colonial period.


What Are Their Needs?

The Primanar must come to understand that Jesus is not just another Hindu god or guru. They need to come to Him with a sense of personal sin. It is difficult for a proud Brahmin to humble himself or herself and trust in Jesus as their only Savior and Lord.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Primanar in Sri Lanka.

Pray that the Lord uses the hardships and consequences of the Sri Lankan war to bring many Primanar to Himself.Pray the Primanar are able to gain employment and provide for their families. Ask the Lord to raise up a Disciple Making Movement among the Sri Lankan Primanars in this decade. Pray that Tamil believers would be led by the Spirit to tell the Primamar about the spiritual riches of Jesus Christ.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Primanar
People Name in Country Primanar
Population this Country 73,000
Population all Countries 73,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Brahmin Sri Lankan Tamil; Iyar; Priminar; प्रिमनार
People ID 21453
ROP3 Code 118246
Country Sri Lanka
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file 9
Largest States
Northern
32,000
Eastern
17,000
Western
11,000
Central
4,300
Sabaragamuwa
2,500
North Western
2,200
Uva
1,000
Southern
1,000
North Central
400
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Sri Lanka
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States 9
  Northern 32,000
  Eastern 17,000
  Western 11,000
  Central 4,300
  Sabaragamuwa 2,500
  North Western 2,200
  Uva 1,000
  Southern 1,000
  North Central 400
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Tamil (73,000 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Tamil (73,000 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  (1727-2016)
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 (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 LUMO film of Gospels
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 Comprehensive list of Tamil Resources
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
3.07 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
96.93 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Sri Lanka census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Peter van der Sluijs - Wikimedia  Creative Commons  Used with permission
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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