The Isai Vellalar live in Tamil Nadu and speak, read and write in Tamil. They are not vegetarians and eat rice. Hinduism is their religion. Isai means music.
The Isai Vellalar have cousin marriages. A dowry is paid. Divorce and marrying again are allowed. They have large families. On the death of the father, the sons inherit the property with the oldest son becoming in charge of the home. The dead are buried or cremated.
Some of them are landowners, some are not. They work as musicians, cultivators and other work. There are professionals and politicians among them. They have a traditional caste council that looks after them.
The Isai Vellalar also live in Pondicherry.
* Scripture Prayers for the Vellalan Isai in India.
* Pray that the council leaders come to Jesus Christ and lead others to Him.
* Pray that gospel materials will lead them to salvation.
Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999
|Profile Source: Anonymous|
|People Name General||Vellalan Isai|
|People Name in Country||Vellalan Isai|
|Natural Name||Isai Vellalan|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||3|
|Alternate Names||Aiyer; Ayyangar; Isai Vellalar; Iyengar; Iyer; Melakkaran; वेल्लालन ईसाई|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||10 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||2|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
Primary Language: Tamil
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1715-1998)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Father's Love Letter|
|Audio Recordings||General Ministry Resources|
|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||Finding Peace|
|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 Tamil|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|Film / Video||The Prophets' Story|
|General||Comprehensive list of Tamil Resources|
|General||God's Simple Plan|
|General||Gospel website in this language|