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Map Source: People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
|Christian Adherents:||0.00 %|
|Online Audio NT:||No|
|People Cluster:||South Asia Hindu - other|
|Affinity Bloc:||South Asian Peoples|
The Valinjiyar are barbers by tradition. Most of the Valinjiyar (or Velakkithalanayan) live in Kerala, a state in southwestern India. They live mostly in the Cannanore District. They speak, read and write in Malayalam, the language of Kerala.
The Valinjiyar are endogamous, meaning that they prefer to marry within their group. They have cousin marriages and a bride price is paid in cash. Divorce and marrying again is allowed with council approval. Many relatives live together in the same home. On the death of the father the sons inherit the property with the oldest son then being in charge of the home. They educate their children, especially boys. Though they traditionally were traders, some are now involved with agriculture.
They are Hindus.
The Valinjiyar community needs to be given the chance to get their identity and dignity in Jesus Christ.
* Pray that God will give the Valinjiyar dreams and visions leading them to Jesus Christ. * Pray for a movement to Christ that will bless this community in every way.