Mukkuvan (Hindu traditions) in Sri Lanka

Mukkuvan (Hindu traditions)
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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Mukkuvan (Hindu traditions)
Country: Sri Lanka
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 1,100
World Population: 188,100
Primary Language: Tamil
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 2.78 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
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Introduction / History

Their name comes from the word Moger meaning to dive because they traditionally earned their living by diving for fish, conch shells, pearls, and other valuable things of the sea.

Where Are they Located?

The Mukkuvan people live mainly in India's four southern states, though some live in the northern and eastern provinces of Sri Lanka. The ones in India speak Malayalam, and those in Sri Lanka speak Tamil.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Though some of the Mukkavan people are still divers, some now farm, and many of these are landlords. They live by their own Mukkavan laws, which apply to marriage and property matters.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Though we are praying for the Hindus among them, there are also a good-sized Muslim and Roman Catholic community among them as well.

What Are Their Needs?

This people group needs to experience the blessings of Jesus Christ by allowing their communities to become living sacrifices to Him.

Prayer Points

Pray for gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Mukkavan people in Sri Lanka for Jesus and that in God's sovereign timing their hearts would be open and ready to follow Him.
Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended Mukkavan families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group.
Pray for the spiritual lives of the Mukkavan people to become fruitful as they follow Christ.
Pray for the lives and culture of the Mukkavan people to evidence the rule and reign of the Kingdom of God as they open to the gospel, and for the beauty of Jesus to be seen in them.

Text Source:   Keith Carey