Gounder Vettuvan in India

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

Introduction / History

Gounder is a title used for various smaller communities from the larger Vettuvan tribe. Gounder at one time meant “noble protector.” An associated word to Vettuvan is Vettakar, meaning hunter. At one time they were hunters and gatherers, but they eventually became farmers.


Where Are they Located?

The Gounder Vettuvan people live in the southern Indian states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. They speak Tamil.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Gounder Vettuvan people today live as common farmers in southern India.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Gounder Vettuvan people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. 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 many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

The main yearly holidays of the Gounder Vettuvan people are 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?

There are many Tamil speaking believers, even missionaries, who can go to the Gounder Vettuvan people with the life-changing gospel.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Vettuvan Gounder in India.

* Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the Gounder Vettuvan people of India.
* Pray for the Gounder Vettuvan people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.
* Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Gounder Vettuvan people to change their society from within.
* Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers Gounder Vettuvan disciples to make more disciples.

Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Gounder Vettuvan communities.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gounder
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vettuvar


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Vettuvan Gounder
People Name in Country Vettuvan Gounder
Natural Name Gounder Vettuvan
World Population 1,600
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Vettuvan; वेत्टुवान गौंदर
People ID 21284
ROP3 Code 116250
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)
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 1
  Tamil Nadu 1,600
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Tamil (1,600 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Tamil (1,600 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
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  (1727-2016)
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 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 Bible Visuals
General Comprehensive list of Tamil Resources
General God's Simple Plan
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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