Arayan in India

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Map Source:  People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Arayan
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 203,000
World Population: 203,900
Primary Language: Malayalam
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.90 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Arayan live mainly in the State of Kerala. They speak, read and write in Malayalam, Kerala's language.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of the Arayan are fishermen. Some own land and work in agriculture. The Arayan usually have the same shares regarding inheritance but sometimes women get less property. The wealthy among them cremate the dead while the others bury the dead. The children are educated to secondary level while some go further. They make use of welfare benefits for themselves.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Aryan 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.

What Are Their Needs?

The Arayan people need to put all their trust in Jesus Christ, who came to give abundant life to all who call on His name.

Prayer Points

* Pray that God will give the Arayan dreams and visions leading them to Jesus Christ. * Pray that gospel materials and the internet will lead them to salvation. * Pray for spiritual hunger and a willingness to be drawn to the Holy One of Israel.

Text Source:   Keith Carey