Idayan in Sri Lanka


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest Sri Lanka census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Idayan are part of the larger Adi Dravida community. They have Scheduled Caste status in India and Sri Lanka.
Having low status, the Idayan community has had to fight to get their rights, all the while facing opposition from the higher castes.
Though they are more numerous in India, there are Idayan people in Sri Lanka. Both groups speak Tamil.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Marginalized and discriminated against, the Idayan people live in poverty. They have strong connections as a community, joined together by their own culture and traditions.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Idayan people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of South Asia. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.
Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

The Idayan people need the Holy Spirit to direct them into a loving relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.


Prayer Points

Pray for Idayan culture to be renewed and enhanced by a work of the Holy Spirit and shaped into a God-centered and God-honoring mold.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to move among their family and community leaders to seek his face and enjoy his blessings.
Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers who will be compelled to nurture a disciple making movement among the Idayan people.
Pray that soon the Idayan people will have faith that will lead them to live honorable lives that will draw others to the savior.


Scripture Prayers for the Idayan in Sri Lanka.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Idayan
People Name in Country Idayan
Alternate Names Edaya; Ethayar; Golla; Gopalan; Idaiyan; Idaiyar; Idayar; Idayer; Konar; Mond Golla Asthanthra Golla; Naicker; Nainar; Nainer; Pillai; Puran; Purnam; Sudarman; Udayar; Vaduga Ayar; Vaduga Idaiyar; Yadav; Yadava; Yadavan; Yadavar; इदायन
Population this Country 9,500
Population all Countries 95,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 2
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 16962
ROP3 Code 112267
ROP25 Code 303147
ROP25 Name Idayar / Idayan
Country Sri Lanka
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file 7
Largest States
Central
4,200
Uva
3,000
Western
1,000
Sabaragamuwa
900
Southern
300
North Western
100
Eastern
60
Country Sri Lanka
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States 7
  Central 4,200
  Uva 3,000
  Western 1,000
  Sabaragamuwa 900
  Southern 300
  North Western 100
  Eastern 60
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
12.72 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
87.28 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Sri Lanka census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Tamil (9,500 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Tamil (9,500 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
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  (1727-2021)
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Audio Recordings Recorded oral Bible Oral 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 Tamil Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
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Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
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General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Comprehensive list of Tamil Resources General / Other
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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