Arandan in India

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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Arandan
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 600
World Population: 600
Primary Language: Aranadan
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 1.60 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Translation Needed
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Arandan are also called Aranadan or Eranadan and live in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka. In Kerala the Arandan speak a language that is a combination of Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada. They are a scheduled tribe, so they have low status in this Hindu nation.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They are mostly landless and gatherers of forest products. The Arandan have little contact with their neighbors nearby. They are small in numbers and are low on the social ladder. Marriage is usually by elopement for the Arandan. They allow for divorce and remarriage.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Hinduism is their religion. Unlike most Hindu communities that cremate their dead, the Arandan people bury their dead.

What Are Their Needs?

The Arandan people need to experience the abundant life that only Jesus Christ can offer.

Prayer Points

Pray that the Holy Spirit moves in their community until there is a movement to Christ. Pray that their low social position will be no hindrance to them accepting Jesus Christ. Pray for intercessors and workers.

Text Source:   Keith Carey