Agnikula Vanniyan in India

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

Introduction / History

Vanniyan people claim to be descendants of medieval kings who ruled Andhra Pradesh and north Tamil Nadu. Today they have been named a scheduled backward caste in order to gain more government benefits.
There are a number of Vanniyan subgroups including the Agnikula. They speak, read and write in Tamil. Most live in Tamil Nadu, but some live in nearby states.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Agriculture is their main work. Some have a college education and work in business, trade and industry. The Agnikula Vanniyan prefer cross-cousin marriages. They allow for divorce and remarriage. On the death of the father, sons inherit the property with the oldest son taking charge of the family estate. They have birth and marriage rituals. They cremate their dead. Caste associations look after the needs of the Agnikula Vanniyan people.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Agnikula Vanniyan people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.
Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

The Agnikula Vanniyan need good schools for their children. Rural Vanniyan need help in gaining access to modern medicine, electricity and indoor plumbing. Most of all, the Agnikula Vanniyan need to hear and understand the message of Jesus Christ who alone can forgive their sins and give them lasting peace of mind.


Prayer Points

Pray that the leaders of the Agnikula Vanniyan caste associations come to Jesus Christ and lead others to put their faith in him.
Pray that gospel materials will lead them to start fruitful home Bible studies.
Pray for spiritual hunger and discernment that will lead them to the cross and the empty grave.
Pray for long term workers to go to them until there are disciples who make more disciples.


Scripture Prayers for the Vanniyan Agnikula in India.


References

Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanniyar


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Vanniyan Agnikula
People Name in Country Vanniyan Agnikula
Natural Name Agnikula Vanniyan
Population this Country 663,000
Population all Countries 663,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 13
Alternate Names वन्नीयाँ अग्नीकुला
People ID 21266
ROP3 Code 118089
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 4
Largest States
Tamil Nadu
521,000
Karnataka
82,000
Andhra Pradesh
42,000
Odisha
13,000
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 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 4
  Tamil Nadu 521,000
  Karnataka 82,000
  Andhra Pradesh 42,000
  Odisha 13,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
1.23 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
98.77 %
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.
Primary Language Tamil (1,043,000 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Telugu
39,000
Kannada
17,000
Primary Language Tamil (1,043,000 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Telugu 39,000
  Kannada 17,000
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
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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 Audio Scripture Talking Bibles
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 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
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