Valluvan in India


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

Subgroups: 11 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
Nainar 2,800
Alwar 2,300
Arupathu Katchi 2,100
Narpathu Katchi 2,100
Pandaram 2,100
Dadar 600
Arupathykathi 200
Paraiyan 200
Tavidadari 200
Thavadadari 200

Introduction / History

The Valluvan are Hindu priests by tradition. They live in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, and Pondicherry. In Tamil Nadu the Valluvan live mainly in villages. They speak Tamil. Because of their high status, their males wear the exclusive sacred thread starting at age 12.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Valluvan people are usually landless. Though there are priests, many have gone into other work such as business and trade. They believe in education for boys and to a lesser degree for girls. They have cross-cousin marriages. They do not allow their widows to marry again.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They are Hindu priests by tradition, but they also do fortune telling and practice astrology. Some are devotees of either Vishnu or Shiva, and these two groups do not intermarry.


What Are Their Needs?

The Valluvan people need to put their faith in the God of Heaven and His son, Jesus Christ so they can enjoy life to the full.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Valluvan in India.

Pray that God will give the Valluvan dreams and visions leading them to begin a community movement to Christ. Pray for faithful intercessors and workers. Pray that gospel materials will become easily available to them.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Valluvan
People Name in Country Valluvan
Population this Country 122,000
Population all Countries 125,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Ahambadian; Alwar; Ambalakarar; Dadar; Dala; Iyer; Iyyer; Joshiar; Jyotidar; Nainar; Pandaram; Serviar; Thiru Valluvan; Thiru Vallvar; Thiruvalluvar; Thottia Naiker; Valayargal; Vallamban; Vallon; Valluva; Valluvar; Valuvan; Vanji; Vidiyar; Viniar; वल्लुवन
People ID 18320
ROP3 Code 113867
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster South Asia Dalit - other
People Group Valluvan
Ethnic Code CNN25
Total Subgroups 11
  Nainar 2,800
  Alwar 2,300
  Arupathu Katchi 2,100
  Narpathu Katchi 2,100
  Pandaram 2,100
  Dadar 600
  Arupathykathi 200
  Paraiyan 200
  Tavidadari 200
  Thavadadari 200
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 7
Largest States
Tamil Nadu
93,000
Kerala
22,000
Puducherry
5,400
Karnataka
1,300
Andhra Pradesh
800
Delhi
200
Telangana
100
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 7
  Tamil Nadu 93,000
  Kerala 22,000
  Puducherry 5,400
  Karnataka 1,300
  Andhra Pradesh 800
  Delhi 200
  Telangana 100
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Tamil (96,000 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Malayalam
19,000
Telugu
1,300
Primary Language Tamil (96,000 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Malayalam 19,000
  Telugu 1,300
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  (1727-2019)
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
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Recorded oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Finding Peace
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tamil
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
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
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
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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