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Map Source: People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
|Christian Adherents:||13.51 %|
|Online Audio NT:||No|
|People Cluster:||South Asia Forward Caste - other|
|Affinity Bloc:||South Asian Peoples|
The Maravan (aka, Maravar) people of India and Sri Lanka speak, read and write in Tamil. A few speak English. The Maravans in Kerala migrated from Tamil Nadu. They were classed as the Most Backward Class but are not classed as untouchables.
Most Maravan (aka, Maravar) people live in India's two southernmost states, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, but a smaller number are in Sri Lanka.
Most Maravan people work in agriculture and the majority of them are landowners. There are businessmen, office workers and military personnel among them.
They have their own caste councils that settle disagreements. They also have an association that helps the community.
Usually Maravan males marry in their early twenties and females in their late teens. They have cross cousin marriages and allow for divorce. By inheritance the oldest son becomes in charge of the home. Women do housework and paid work.
Most of them are Hindus but some are Christians. The deceased are buried or are cremated.
These Hindus need to hear the true gospel from people who follow Jesus faithfully in word and deed.
* Pray for spiritual hunger among the Maravan people in India and Sri Lanka.
* Pray that believers will take the name of Jesus to the Maravan people in Sri Lanka, and disciple them in his ways.