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Cheruman (Hindu traditions) in India

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
370,000 Malayalam Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Cheruman (Hindu traditions) in India

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Introduction / History
The Cheruman people are a large Dalit group. They live in India's southwestern state of Kerala, where they speak Malayalam, Kerala's language. Traditionally the Cheruman people were serfs, and their name means "sons of the soil."

What are their lives like?
Cheruman people get married as adults. They are having fewer divorces than they had 30 years ago. In addition to domestic chores, women play an important role in family economic activities. Women have a large say regarding family expenditures. They are involved in family decision-making.

What are their beliefs?
Though the Cherumans are Hindu, they have many opportunities to hear of the ways of Christ. Kerala is about 19 percent Christian, and there are a few Cheruman believers. They have a high literacy rate for a Dalit people group, and they love to listen to the radio and go to movies. Christian materials are readily available in Kerala's Malayalam language.

Prayer Points
* Pray that Christian materials, radio broadcasts, and the JESUS Film will find their way into Cheruman households, and be met by open hearts that are ready to embrace their only Savior.

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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:10 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:370,000
Largest States:
Kerala (338,000)Karnataka (26,000)
Maharashtra (2,400)Tamil Nadu (1,400)
Delhi (900)Telangana (500)
Puducherry (300)Andhra Pradesh (200)
Andaman and Nicobar Islands (100)Gujarat (100)
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People Name in Country: Cheruman (Hindu traditions)
People Name General: Cheruman (Hindu traditions)
Alternate People Names:
Puluvanचेरूमन (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स
ROP3 Code: 111809
Joshua Project People ID: 16603
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 370,000
Population all Countries: 370,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
People Name General: Cheruman (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Malayalam (261,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mal    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Tamil (42,000)Tulu (13,000)
Konkani, Goan (7,800)Telugu (4,200)
Kannada (1,700)Allar (700)
Hindi (400)Konkani (200)
Total Languages: 9
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.05 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.94 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.01 % 
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
GSEC Status:Level 5   Greater than or equal to 5% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1811-1968
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1841-2016
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsFather's Love Letter
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Malayalam
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible Gateway Scripture
Text / Printed MatterBible: മലയാളം - Malayalam
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Cheruman (Hindu traditions) in India

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