Iyer Brahmin in India

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

Introduction / History

Iyers are originally from India's southeastern state of Tamil Nadu. However, many have migrated to Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala for various reasons, chief among them being the prospect of finding profitable employment.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They were once involved with all kinds of Hindu rituals, but not today. They do, however, maintain the rites and rituals associated with the dead. Iyers are cremated according to Vedic rites soon after they die. Like other Brahmins in south India, the Iyers participate in the Avani Avittam festival. This festival is unique to Brahmins in this part of the world.

Most Iyer Brahmin women have traded the traditional nine-yard saree for modern, convenient clothing. These women are also in the work force of southern India. This would not have been the case 50 years ago.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Iyers have always taken an interest in preserving the arts and sciences. Those who go to them may find the meaning behind certain traditional dances and music to be a bridge to the gospel. There are some followers of Christ among other Brahmin groups in southern India that could potentially reach out to them.


What Are Their Needs?

Iyers Brahmins as an influential and generally well-to-do community are not unlike the middle classes of most places. Their main needs involve relational strains that are usually kept behind closed doors. Modernization is breaking down family units which have been the glue to society for many generations, and loneliness is increasingly a problem. They are expected to "achieve it all," but ironically, achieving it all can be empty.


Prayer Points

Pray that loving believers in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu will share their Lord with the Iyer Brahmins.

Pray that these Brahmins will have meaningful, life-changing encounters with Jesus Christ.

Pray for hundreds of Iyers Brahmin families to be blessed by following the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.


Scripture Prayers for the Brahmin Iyer in India.


References

https://www.thoughtco.com/who-are-the-brahmins-195316


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Brahmin of India profile for Children and Family Missions Activities
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-09-20
People Name General Brahmin Iyer
People Name in Country Brahmin Iyer
Natural Name Iyer Brahmin
Population this Country 345,000
Population all Countries 345,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 7
Alternate Names Ayangar; Ayanger; Ayyiar Brahman; Ayyiar Brahmin; Iver; Iyengar; Iyengar Brahman; Iyengar Brahmin; Sri Vaishnava; Srivaishnava Brahman Iyengar; Srivaishnava Brahmin Iyengar; Tengalai; Thengalai; Vadagalai; ब्रामिन, इएर
People ID 20214
ROP3 Code 115723
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 6
Largest States
Tamil Nadu
249,000
Andhra Pradesh
32,000
Karnataka
28,000
Kerala
19,000
Puducherry
12,000
Telangana
2,800
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 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 6
  Tamil Nadu 249,000
  Andhra Pradesh 32,000
  Karnataka 28,000
  Kerala 19,000
  Puducherry 12,000
  Telangana 2,800
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Tamil (293,000 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Malayalam
9,800
Telugu
6,600
Primary Language Tamil (293,000 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Malayalam 9,800
  Telugu 6,600
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)
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 Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources General / Other
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Recorded oral Bible Oral Bibles
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Finding Peace Create International
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
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
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 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more