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Introduction / History The Ilavan are also known as Izhava or Ezhavas. They live primarily in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. They work as toddy-tappers. This means they extract sap from palms such as coconut and palmyra to make an alcoholic beverage. They grow coconut, palm and sugar.
Some of them converted to Christian while under British rule. Because of the makeup of their society, this segment became a separate subgroup known as the Chogan.
A caste association was established in the group in 1903. It was named after Narayana Guru. He established an ashram where he proclaimed his message of "one caste, one religion, one god". References www.uscwm.info/op1040/pdfs/50.pdf
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Asia, South : Persecution Rank 10 ( Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country: 5,858,000 Largest States:
Kerala (3,584,000) Tamil Nadu (2,125,000) Karnataka (76,000) Maharashtra (42,000) Delhi (6,000) Telangana (4,100) Puducherry (3,600) Andhra Pradesh (3,000) Madhya Pradesh (1,900) Gujarat (1,600)
Total States on file: 31
Ethnolinguistic Map: University of Texas or other map
People Name in Country: Ilavan
People Name General:
Ilavan Alternate People Names:
Chogan Chovan Ezawa Ezhava Illathu Pillaimar Illattu Pillai Iluvan Izhattu Pillaimar Izhava Izhuva Izhuvan Panikkur Thiya Tiya Tiyan Tiyyan
ROP3 Code: 112271
Joshua Project People ID: 16965
Population in Country:
Population all Countries:
South Asian Peoples
South Asia Hindu - Other
People Name General:
Ethnic Code: CNN23b
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Malayalam (3,511,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mal
Ethnologue Listing Secondary Languages:
Hinduism Major Religions: Christianity Segments:
Anglican 0.00 % Independent 0.00 % Protestant 0.00 % Orthodox 0.00 % Other Christian 0.00 % Roman Catholic 0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Scale: 
Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
GSEC Status: Level 4 Greater than or equal to 2% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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