Brahmin Indian Tamil in Sri Lanka

The Brahmin Indian Tamil have only been reported in Sri Lanka
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Introduction / History

Ancient Tamil Sangam poetry suggests a civilization which was well established in southern India at the time of Christ. Between A.D. 600-1600, rival dynasties - Chera, Pallava, Chola, Pandya - backed literature, art, and the building of Hindu temples. During this period, peaceful migrations and military invasions, led Tamils to become well established in northern and eastern Sri Lanka. The Tamil language belongs to the Dravidian family of languages, which is possibly the earliest surviving language group in the South Asian subcontinent. In Sri Lanka, the Tamils form 18% of the population and the Sinhalese makeup 74% of the population. Although the two groups practice different religions, in the 20th century, the cause of their tension was due to linguistic contention rather than religious. The majority of Tamils live in rural farming villages, but there is growth taking place in urban areas. The main food crop is rice which is accompanied mostly by fish and coconuts. Some of the most long-standing towns in Talimandu were built around Hindu temples.


Where Are they Located?

The Tamil Brahmins are located in the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka in southern India. Many Tamils have also settled in various countries including, Europe, Canada, the United States, Malaysia and Singapore.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most Tamils are farmers, fishermen, or washerman (laundering clothes for rituals such as births, weddings, and funerals). Weaving, spinning, and pottery are other very important occupations in this area. Farming in this area is not simple as the western mountains block much of Tamil Nadu from receiving all of the southwest monsoon rains. Because of this there has been a rise in suicide as indebted farmers receive poor crop yields, experience financial devastation, and/or lack community support.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The majority of Tamil people follow the Hindu religion, but during medieval times there were also Buddhists and Jains. There are Tamil-speaking Christians and Muslims. Tamil beliefs are based on Hindu concepts. The Tamils believe the different genders help give form and consciousness to the cosmos (male) and are given energy and substance (female). The Tamils call the pairing of the male (passive and cool) and female (active and hot) Siva-Sakti (the pairing of the male god Siva and the female aspect Sakti).


Prayer Points

*Pray for people to be able to cope with the economic hardships and loss of hope.
*Pray for the families who are left behind due to suicide.
*Pray that believers would rise up and be willing to establish churches.


References

Associated Press (Producer). (2017). Indian farmers demand more govt support [Streaming video]. Retrieved from Associated Press Video Collection database. McGilvray, D. (2003).
Symbolic Heat: Gender, Health and Worship among the Tamils of South India and Sri Lanka. Nigesh, K. & Saranya, T.S. (2017).
Unveiling the Relationship between Cultural Practices & Well-Being among Brahmin Students. The International Journal of Psychology (4), 4.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Brahmin Indian Tamil
People Name in Country Brahmin Indian Tamil
Population in Sri Lanka 32,000
World Population 32,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names
People ID 21524
ROP3 Code 118291
Country Sri Lanka
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 44  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 9
Largest States
Central
18,000
Uva
5,900
Sabaragamuwa
3,900
Western
2,400
Eastern
300
North Western
300
Southern
200
Northern
200
North Central
70
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Sri Lanka
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 44  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 9
  Central 18,000
  Uva 5,900
  Sabaragamuwa 3,900
  Western 2,400
  Eastern 300
  North Western 300
  Southern 200
  Northern 200
  North Central 70
Website South Asia Peoples

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Tamil
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Kannada Telugu
Primary Language Tamil
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Kannada
  Telugu
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
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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 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
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Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Old Version Bible
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.45 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.55 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Profile Source Anonymous  
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* Religion Values From latest Sri Lanka census data.  Current values may differ.


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