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Maravan in Sri Lanka


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
99,000 Tamil Hinduism 13.51 % Unknown   

Maravan in Sri Lanka

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Introduction / History
The Maravan (aka, Maravar) people of India and Sri Lanka speak, read and write in Tamil. A few speak English. The Maravans in Kerala migrated from Tamil Nadu. They were classed as the Most Backward Class but are not classed as untouchables.

Where are they located?
Most Maravan (aka, Maravar) people live in India's two southernmost states, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, but a smaller number are in Sri Lanka.

What are their lives like?
Most Maravan people work in agriculture and the majority of them are landowners. There are businessmen, office workers and military personnel among them.

They have their own caste councils that settle disagreements. They also have an association that helps the community.

Usually Maravan males marry in their early twenties and females in their late teens. They have cross cousin marriages and allow for divorce. By inheritance the oldest son becomes in charge of the home. Women do housework and paid work.

What are their beliefs?
Most of them are Hindus but some are Christians. The deceased are buried or are cremated.

What are their needs?
These Hindus need to hear the true gospel from people who follow Jesus faithfully in word and deed.

Prayer Points
* Pray for spiritual hunger among the Maravan people in India and Sri Lanka.
* Pray that believers will take the name of Jesus to the Maravan people in Sri Lanka, and disciple them in his ways.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2010-09-23
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Country: Sri Lanka
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:30 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:99,000
Largest Provinces:
Central (53,000)Uva (22,000)
Sabaragamuwa (11,000)Western (7,600)
Southern (1,700)Eastern (1,500)
Northern (1,000)North Western (800)
North Central (200)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Maravan
People Name General: Maravan
Alternate People Names:
KallaKalla Kammar
ROP3 Code: 112867
Joshua Project People ID: 17459
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 99,000
Population all Countries: 3,292,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Forward Caste - other
People Name General: Maravan
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Tamil (99,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tam    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity13.51 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism86.49 % 
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]   Evangelicals have only a very small representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1714-1956
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1727-2016
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsFather's Love Letter
Audio RecordingsGeneral Ministry Resources
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFinding Peace
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGeneral Ministry Resources
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Tamil
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralComprehensive list of Tamil Resources
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible: Old Version Bible
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
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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Maravan in Sri Lanka

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People Cluster
    South Asia Forward Caste - other     Asia, South    
      Maravan Sri Lanka    
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