Pandaram in India

The Pandaram have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Subgroups: 4

Subgroup Name Population
Andi 1,000
Lingadari 300
Vairagi 300
Desikar Unknown

Introduction / History

This is a cluster of Scheduled Tribes, meaning they come from a tribal background and have low status in Hindu society. Traditionally they have been hunters and gatherers.


Where Are they Located?

The Pandaram people live in the southern regions of India. A smaller number live in Odisha.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Some Pandaram people still act as hunters and gathers. Some are experts in medicinal herbs; these people use their skills to help the sick. Most of the time these herbs are found in the forests.

Though they are officially “Hindu” the Pandaram people bury their dead instead of cremating them. Another strange custom that conflicts with most other Hindus is their wedding ceremonies can be at the home of either the bride or the groom.

Other sources describe the Pandaram people as lower caste Hindu ascetic mendicants.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Pandaram people practice Hinduism, but they blend it with their traditional religion. Since Hinduism is basically a catch-all phrase for any indigenous religious system in this part of the world, there is no apparent conflict between the Pandaram people and the Hindu religious establishment.


What Are Their Needs?

The Pandaram people need the chance to enter the job market for the 21st century. This will require specific training.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Pandaram in India.

* Pray for the Pandaram people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.
* Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Pandaram people to change their society from within.
* Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers disciples to make more disciples.
* Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Pandaram communities.


References

http://keralawindow.net/tribals#malapa
https://www.quora.com/What-is-meant-by-the-caste-Pandaram-in-Tamil-Nadu
https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pandaram
https://www.facebook.com/tnvsp/posts/pandaram-castes-and-tribes-of-southern-indiapandaram-is-described-by-mr-h-a-stua/1872951892934812/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Pandaram
People Name in Country Pandaram
World Population 28,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Andi; Jangam; Othuvar; Padaria; Pamaria; Pandara; Pandaran; Pandava; Pandi; Pappada Chettiyammar; Pusari; Sixty-Four Mirasu Pandaram; Tam Biran; Tambiran; Veersaiva; Veersaiva Tandaran; पंडरम
People ID 17827
ROP3 Code 113300
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 8
Largest States
Kerala
20,000
Karnataka
4,000
Tamil Nadu
2,800
Maharashtra
1,200
Andhra Pradesh
300
Puducherry
100
Delhi
30
Odisha
10
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 8
  Kerala 20,000
  Karnataka 4,000
  Tamil Nadu 2,800
  Maharashtra 1,200
  Andhra Pradesh 300
  Puducherry 100
  Delhi 30
  Odisha 10
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Malayalam (16,000 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Tamil
11,000
Kannada
700
Konkani
200
Telugu
100
Urdu
Primary Language Malayalam (16,000 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Tamil 11,000
  Kannada 700
  Konkani 200
  Telugu 100
  Urdu 0
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  (1841-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Virtual Storehouse
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Malayalam
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Gospel website in this language
General Gospel website in this language
General Gospel website in this language
General Gospel website in this language
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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