Chakkiliyan (Hindu traditions) in Sri Lanka

Map Source:  People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Chakkiliyan (Hindu traditions)
Country: Sri Lanka
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 27,000
World Population: 889,000
Primary Language: Tamil
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.12 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

At some point in India's history, a whole class of people were forced by violence and religious sanction into demeaning roles. These are the Dalits, and among them, the Chakkiliyans have exceptionally low status in the Hindu caste system.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of the Chakkiliyan have a low standard of living and a low literacy rate. Some Chakkiliyan people work in agricultural and day laborers across western and northern Tamil Nadu. They usually live in a place that is apart from the main village.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Chakkiliyan people in Sri Lanka 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. Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods hoping to gain protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews.

What Are Their Needs?

The Chakkiliyan need the esteem that comes from having their identity in Christ, not in the status others give them. Most of them need to learn to read and write. They need new job skills, so they are able to provide for their families. They would benefit from access to modern medicine and clean water.

Prayer Points

Pray that God would provide the Chakkiliyan children with good schools and teachers. Ask the Lord to send out workers to them who will help them put their trust in Christ. Pray for them to have a spiritual hunger that will lead them to the cross and the empty grave.

Text Source:   Joshua Project