Cheruman (Hindu traditions) in India

The Cheruman (Hindu traditions) have only been reported in India
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Largest Religion
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* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Introduction / History

The Cheruman people are a large group. They live in India's southwestern state of Kerala, where they speak Malayalam, Kerala's language. Traditionally the Cheruman people were serfs, and their name means "sons of the soil."


What Are Their Lives Like?

Cheruman people get married as adults. They are having fewer divorces than they had 30 years ago. In addition to domestic chores, women play an important role in family economic activities. Women have a large say regarding family expenditures. They are involved in family decision-making.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Though the Cherumans are Hindu, they have many opportunities to hear of the ways of Christ. Kerala is about 19 percent Christian, and there are a few Cheruman believers. They have a high literacy rate for a low class people group, and they love to listen to the radio and go to movies. Christian materials are readily available in Kerala's Malayalam language.


What Are Their Needs?

The Cheruman people need devoted Christ followers to go to them with gospel resources in their language. Who will go?


Prayer Points

Pray that Christian materials, radio broadcasts, and the JESUS Film will find their way into Cheruman households and be met by open hearts that are ready to embrace their only savior.
Pray that soon there will be Cheruman Christ followers who will disciple many others.


Scripture Prayers for the Cheruman (Hindu traditions) in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Cheruman (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Cheruman (Hindu traditions)
Alternate Names Cheraman; Cherumakkal; Cheruman; Pulayan; Puluvan; चेरूमन (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स
Population this Country 443,000
Population all Countries 443,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 5  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 9
People ID 16603
ROP3 Code 111809
ROP25 Code 301623
ROP25 Name Cheruman
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 16
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Kerala
405,000
Karnataka
31,000
Maharashtra
2,800
Tamil Nadu
1,700
Delhi
1,100
Telangana
600
Puducherry
300
Andhra Pradesh
200
Gujarat
200
Andaman and Nicobar
200
Goa
90
Odisha
90
West Bengal
70
Rajasthan
70
Haryana
50
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 16
  Kerala 405,000
  Karnataka 31,000
  Maharashtra 2,800
  Tamil Nadu 1,700
  Delhi 1,100
  Telangana 600
  Puducherry 300
  Andhra Pradesh 200
  Gujarat 200
  Andaman and Nicobar 200
  Goa 90
  Odisha 90
  West Bengal 70
  Rajasthan 70
  Haryana 50
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.08 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.92 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Malayalam (303,000 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
Tamil
43,000
Tulu
13,000
Konkani, Goan
7,800
Telugu
4,200
Kannada
1,700
Allar
1,000
Hindi
400
Konkani
200
Primary Language Malayalam (303,000 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
  Tamil 43,000
  Tulu 13,000
  Konkani, Goan 7,800
  Telugu 4,200
  Kannada 1,700
  Allar 1,000
  Hindi 400
  Konkani 200
People Groups Speaking Malayalam

Primary Language:  Malayalam

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1811-1968)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1829-1995)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1841-2022)
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YouVersion NT (www.bible.com) Online
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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture Talking Bibles
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Malayalam Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
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General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
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