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Paravan (Hindu traditions) in Sri Lanka

Paravan (Hindu traditions)

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,800 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Paravan (Hindu traditions) in Sri Lanka

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Introduction / History
The Paravan or Paravars are a sea people who live on the coasts of South India and Sri Lanka. Since fishing, pearl diving and collecting of shells were considered as degrading occupations by devout Hindus, the Paravars were labeled as being Dalits or outside the Hindu caste system.

What are their lives like?
From ancient times, the Paravan have made their living from the sea. They fish, move products by boat, dive for pearls and make salt. The Paravan are an oral culture since learning beyond the rudiments of reading and writing were unnecessary for their occupations. The free educational system of Sri Lankan gives Paravan children the opportunity to gain literacy and improve their economic situation. Still many Paravan children leave school after a few years in order to help their parents provide for the family. If the Paravan do graduate from secondary school, they will be able to participate in Sri Lankan's main sources of income. These include tourism, the export of tea and rice, textiles, and mining minerals. Paravan parents strongly encourage their children to marry within their group. Monogamy or marriage to one spouse is the norm.

What are their beliefs?
The Paravan practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Paravan visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hope of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians do with their heavenly Father. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. The main yearly holidays of the Paravan people are Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the celebration of autumn and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday. The Paravan of Sri Lanka also celebrate Buddhist holidays.

What are their needs?
The Paravan would benefit by having their children receive at least a secondary education. The Paravan need to hear an oral presentation of the gospel that they can understand. Jesus more than another Hindu god or guru. Only through Christ can the Paravan have their sins forgiven and receive the gift of eternal life.

Prayer Points
Ask the Lord of the harvest to send workers to the Paravan of Sri Lanka to tell them about Jesus Christ. Pray that Paravan parents are able to meet the needs of their children. Ask the Lord to raise up a Disciple Making Movement among the Paravan in this decade. Pray for increased literacy among the Paravan so they can read the Tamil Bible for themselves.


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Country: Sri Lanka
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:1,800
Largest Provinces:
Uva (800)Central (700)
Sabaragamuwa (200)Western (200)
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People Name in Country: Paravan (Hindu traditions)
People Name General: Paravan (Hindu traditions)
Alternate People Names:
BaratharChuna Parava
Chunna ParavanCunnambu
Hindu ParavaKurup
Latin CatholicLatin Catholics
ROP3 Code: 113320
Joshua Project People ID: 17846
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,800
Population all Countries: 105,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
People Name General: Paravan (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Tamil (1,800 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tam    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism100.00 % 
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
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 AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
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Text / Printed MatterBible: Tamil
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Tamil
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Paravan (Hindu traditions) in Sri Lanka

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