Palluvan in India

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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Palluvan
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 8,000
World Population: 8,000
Primary Language: Malayalam
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
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Introduction / History

This is a Scheduled Caste, meaning that they have low status in the Hindu world. Their name comes from pullu, referring to a bird of omen.

Where Are they Located?

The Palluvan people live in Kerala, a state in southern India.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of their art forms have been described as "ritualistic." There are many subgroups of the Palluvan people.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Palluvan people worship ghosts and a snake deity. One of their subgroups is noted for singing "snake songs" in worship of this deity. They are also noted for practicing magic.

What Are Their Needs?

Palluvan people need to be freed from bondage to ghosts, snake gods and magic so they can join the family of the King of kings.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Palluvan people teachable and understanding hearts.
Pray that a strong movement of the Holy Spirit will bring entire Palluvan families into a rich experience of God's blessing.
Pray for Palluvan families to be drawn by the Holy Spirit to seek forgiveness, and to understand the adequacy of Christ's work on the cross.
Pray for teams of believers to do sustained, focused prayer for the Lord to open the hearts of Palluvan family leaders to experience God's blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.

Text Source:   Keith Carey