Veluthadanayar in India

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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Veluthadanayar
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 237,000
World Population: 237,000
Primary Language: Malayalam
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Veluthadanayar live in the southern regions of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. They speak, read and write in Malayalam, Kerala's language.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They work as day laborers, in business and in government work. Women wash clothes (which is their traditional work) and they also do farm work. Veluthadanayar woman can own property. Their children often have to work. The Veluthadanayars prefer cousin marriages. They allow for divorce and remarriage. Sons and daughters inherit the property in same amounts upon the death of the father.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Hinduism is their religious and cultural affiliation. Spiritual beliefs of Hindus are very diverse from those who worship only one god to those who worship hundreds of them to those who are philosophical and do not worship any.

What Are Their Needs?

The Veluthadanayars need the peace and joy that comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points

Pray that God will give them dreams and visions leading them to Jesus Christ. Pray that gospel materials will be regularly available to them. Pray for faithful intercessors and workers. Pray for a disciple making movement among them this decade.

Text Source:   Keith Carey