Thanda Pulayan in India

The Pulayan Thanda have only been reported in India
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

Because of their tribal background, the Thanda Pulayan people are looked upon as inferior by other Hindu communities. They have the status of Dalits, which is beneath the four Hindu castes. There are a couple of Pulayan subcastes, one of which is the Thanda.


Where Are they Located?

There are Pulayan peoples in various parts of southern India, but the Thanda subcaste lives only in Kerala state.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Along with most other Dalits, the Pulayans are landless. Many are engaged as agricultural laborers, serving landowners without significant pay.

The Pulayans are known to be talented craftsmen and basket makers. They also have a tradition of oral storytelling and folk songs. When they are not working to please their landlords, they enjoy singing and dancing to the music of drums and stringed instruments.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Pulayans are enslaved by a host of vindictive gods, including Mankombu Bhagwati, Siva, Vishnu, and Ayyappa. They look to these gods for protection and blessings.


What Are Their Needs?

Like any people group that is deemed inferior by their neighbors, the Thanda Pulayan need to understand their position before Almighty God. They need to experience His acceptance and lovingkindness in order to thrive as a people.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Pulayan Thanda in India.

* Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Thanda Pulayan people teachable and understanding hearts.
* Pray that a strong movement of the Holy Spirit will bring entire Thanda Pulayan families into a rich experience of God’s blessing.
* Pray for Thanda Pulayan families to be drawn by the Holy Spirit to seek forgiveness, and to understand the adequacy of Christ’s work on the cross.
* Pray for teams of believers to do sustained, focused prayer for the Lord to open the hearts of Thanda Pulayan family leaders to experience God’s blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.


References

https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Castes_and_Tribes_of_Southern_India/Thanda_Pulayan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulayar
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17911/IN
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2008/09/10
https://www.google.com/search?q=Thanda+Pulayan+People&oq=Thanda+Pulayan+People&aqs=chrome..69i57.153j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Pulayar#/media/File:Pulaya_women.JPG


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Pulayan Thanda
People Name in Country Pulayan Thanda
Natural Name Thanda Pulayan
World Population 125,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 3
Alternate Names पुलयन ठंडा
People ID 21219
ROP3 Code 118041
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 2
Largest States
Kerala
123,000
Karnataka
2,300
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 2
  Kerala 123,000
  Karnataka 2,300
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Malayalam (123,000 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Tamil
1,300
Tulu
900
Primary Language Malayalam (123,000 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Tamil 1,300
  Tulu 900
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.
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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