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Lakshadweep in India



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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
62,000 Malayalam Islam 0.00 % Unknown   

Lakshadweep in India

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Introduction / History
Lakshadweep Islands of India consist of almost 40 islands; the capital is Kavaratti. Ten of the Lakshadweep islands are inhabited.

Lakshadweep Islands have had several different rulers in history including the Portuguese and the British. Lakshadweep people are cultural inhabitants of Kerala, and speak Malayalam, the same language.

Where are they located?
The Lakshadweep Islands are in the Arabian Sea.

What are their lives like?
The Lakshadweep people like spicy vegetarian food with coconuts. The non- vegetarians eat fish in particular and also meat.
The main work of the inhabitants is fishing, coconut cultivation. Tuna fish is the main export product. Women are given a yearly maintenance payment when married, by their husbands. The wife can divorce her husband if she does not receive these payments and she may remarry. Widows may also remarry.

Aminidivi people, who live on Amini Island, are friendly and well liked for their craft work. They design beautiful flowers and plants on coral stones and also make walking sticks from coconuts and tortoise shells to be sold to tourists.

Koyas are land owners, cultivators and sailors. They live on the Kavaratti, Kalpeni and Andrott islands. Regarding important economic and social matters, someone from the Koya group gives the final verdict. Koyas are considered superior and make the major decisions for the Lakshadweep people.

Malmis islanders are primarily sailors. They transport essential products such as rice from one island to another.

Melacheris people live on Amini Island. They collect nuts from coconut trees. They are the lowest of social classes on Lakshadweep.

The people are said to be honest and there is a lower crime level.

What are their beliefs?
Most people living on the Lakshadweep Islands are Muslims belonging to the Sunni sect. There are a small number of Wahabi mosques in Kavaratti and Agatti. A small number of Ahamadiya (an Islamic religious movement founded in Punjab, British India) are also in Kalpeni. Animism is also part of this island culture.

What are their needs?
Bible resources exist in the Malayalam language, however, Christian influence is minimal.

Their family, community, and inter-tribal involvement may be an opportunity for those who know God's truth of the gospel to earn eventual acceptance and privilege to speak.

Tourism may be a door of opportunity to meet and develop friendly relationships and offer educational and life-skills help.

Prayer Points
* Pray that Almighty God would strengthen, encourage, and protect those who would be church planters and disciplers among these needy island people who do not yet know their Savior.
* Pray that tourists who are believers will be kind and considerate to islanders as seed planters of God's love.
* Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among the island people.

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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:62,000
Largest States:
Lakshadweep (62,000)Andaman and Nicobar Islands (300)
Total States on file:3
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Lakshadweep
People Name General: Lakshadweep
Alternate People Names:
Urumikkaranलक्षद्वीप
ROP3 Code: 112742
Joshua Project People ID: 17356
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 62,000
Population all Countries: 62,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - Other
People Name General: Lakshadweep
Ethnic Code: CNN25g
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Malayalam (52,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mal    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Maldivian (9,400)
Total Languages: 2
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.07 % 
Islam99.87 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.02 % 
Unknown0.03 % 
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: 1811-1968
New Testament:
1829-1995Audio
Complete Bible: 1841-2004
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
 
 
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 / 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
Text / Printed MatterBible
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 Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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Lakshadweep in India

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