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Chakkiliyan (Hindu traditions) in Sri Lanka

Chakkiliyan (Hindu traditions)

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
28,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.12 % Unknown   

Chakkiliyan (Hindu traditions) in Sri Lanka

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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.


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Country: Sri Lanka
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:28,000
Largest Provinces:
Central (16,000)Uva (6,000)
Western (2,400)Sabaragamuwa (1,300)
Eastern (700)Southern (700)
Northern (300)North Western (200)
North Central (30)
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People Name in Country: Chakkiliyan (Hindu traditions)
People Name General: Chakkiliyan (Hindu traditions)
Alternate People Names:
Arava ChakaliArava Chakkali
Arava Chakkali/Kristava ArundhatiyarArundhatiyar
Kristava ArundhatiyarMadari
ROP3 Code: 111805
Joshua Project People ID: 16600
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 28,000
Population all Countries: 1,036,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
People Name General: Chakkiliyan (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Tamil (28,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tam    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.12 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.88 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1714-1956
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1727-2021
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsGeneral Ministry Resources
Audio RecordingsLove letter to you from scripture
Audio RecordingsOnline Audio Scripture
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
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Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsRecorded oral Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Tamil
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralComprehensive list of Tamil Resources
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralZume Resources
GeneralZume Training
Mobile AppBible app direct APK download
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Text / Printed MatterBible: Tamil
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Tamil
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
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Chakkiliyan (Hindu traditions) in Sri Lanka

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People Cluster
    South Asia Dalit - other     Asia, South    
      Chakkiliyan (Hindu traditions) Sri Lanka    
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