Velan in India

The Velan 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: 1

Subgroup Name Population
Cunnambu 11,000

Introduction / History

The Velan (or Velar) are a Scheduled Caste who live mainly in Kerala though some are further east in Tamil Nadu. They speak, read and write in Malayalam.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They are traditionally washers of clothes and coconut harvesters. They also work in livestock production, in businesses, in industry, and in government work. Those that live in the north continue with their tradition of making pots. Some are landowners. The women help in agriculture, social and religious matters. Women also look after finances. Marriages include a dowry. The Velan have cross-cousin marriages. Sons inherit the property on the death of the father with the oldest son taking charge of the home. The Velans do not allow for divorce and remarriage. They have a group of elders to judge disagreements. They are generally well-educated and they educate both boys and girls. The Velans are not vegetarians who eat beef and pork, which is unusual for Hindus.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Velan are Hindus by religion and have their own festivals.


What Are Their Needs?

The Velan people need the guidance of God the Father so they can experience life to the full.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Velan in India.

* Pray that Indian believers will help the Velan people to begin their own disciple making movement. * Pray that gospel materials and the internet will provide them with excellent materials to understand the finished work of Christ. * Pray for spiritual discernment and a hunger for the One who is the Truth.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Velan
People Name in Country Velan
Population this Country 86,000
Population all Countries 86,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Anjuttan; Anthuran; Kuyavar; Veelar; Velar; वेलन
People ID 18305
ROP3 Code 113851
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
83,000
Andhra Pradesh
1,400
Tamil Nadu
500
Karnataka
500
Maharashtra
300
Telangana
200
Delhi
100
Puducherry
80
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 83,000
  Andhra Pradesh 1,400
  Tamil Nadu 500
  Karnataka 500
  Maharashtra 300
  Telangana 200
  Delhi 100
  Puducherry 80
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Malayalam (83,000 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
Konkani
1,600
Tamil
900
Tulu
20
Primary Language Malayalam (83,000 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
  Konkani 1,600
  Tamil 900
  Tulu 20
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
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
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 LUMO film of Gospels
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 Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel website in this language
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
0.07 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.93 %
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.
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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