Velakkithalanayan in India

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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Velakkithalanayan
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 433,000
World Population: 433,000
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 Hindu - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Valinjiyar are barbers by tradition. Most of the Valinjiyar (or Velakkithalanayan) live in Kerala, a state in southwestern India. They live mostly in the Cannanore District. They speak, read and write in Malayalam, the language of Kerala.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Valinjiyar are endogamous, meaning that they prefer to marry within their group. They have cousin marriages and a bride price is paid in cash. Divorce and marrying again is allowed with council approval. Many relatives live together in the same home. On the death of the father the sons inherit the property with the oldest son then being in charge of the home. They educate their children, especially boys. Though they traditionally were traders, some are now involved with agriculture.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They are Hindus.

What Are Their Needs?

The Valinjiyar community needs to be given the chance to get their identity and dignity in Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points

Pray that God will give the Valinjiyar dreams and visions leading them to Jesus Christ. Pray for a movement to Christ that will bless this community in every way.

Text Source:   Keith Carey