The Vellalan or Vellalar of south India have a long and proud history. They served as the landed aristocracy and as military officers and court officials in the three great Tamil dynasties. They were patrons of literature and the arts. The Vellalars made up the majority of government leaders and administrators in south India during the British period. Lower castes began calling themselves Vellalars and acting like them in order to gain their high status. The word Sozhia means Sozha or Chola country people. They are a subgroup of the Vellalar peoples. They live in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry and speak in Tamil.
The Sozhia Vellala work mainly in agriculture and cultivation. Some work for the government. The Sozhia Vellala are a large group of the Vellala and are mostly landowners. The Sozhia Vellala prefer cousin marriages. The bride’s family gives the groom’s family a dowry. They allow for re-marriage if there is a divorce. Boys and girls are both educated. A traditional caste council looks after their interests.
These Hindus worship their ancestors.
The Sozhia Vellala need the opportunity to follow the Christ, the only one who can offer them life to the full.
* Scripture Prayers for the Vellalan Sozhia in India.
* Pray for a spiritual hunger that will lead them to the empty grave. * Pray that the council leaders will come to Jesus Christ and lead others to Him. * Pray that gospel materials will lead them to salvation.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Vellalan Sozhia|
|People Name in Country||Vellalan Sozhia|
|Natural Name||Sozhia Vellalan|
|Population this Country||147,000|
|Population all Countries||147,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||3|
|Alternate Names||Soliyan; Sozhia; Sozia; Vellalar; वेल्लालन सोज़िया|
|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|