Text source: Karen Hightower
Introduction / History
Pallar people are also called Kudumban. They are a scheduled caste, which means they have low status in India's Hindu culture.
Where are they located?
Pallar people live mainly in the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka.
What are their lives like?
The name Kudumban means family. Pallar people are called Kudumban because they are known to be charitable and kind. They speak the Tamil language.
They work mostly in agriculture, and some are land owners. Pallar women work as farm laborers. Pallar women take part in social and religious matters like many women of India. They believe in being educated, but most remain unable to read and write.
Pallar people do not marry outside their community. They usually have cross-cousin marriages. They practice family planning and use modern medicine as well as traditional medicine.
What are their beliefs?
Though mainly are Hindu, some are Muslims. Pallar people believe they are descended from the Hindu god Devendran.
What are their needs?
One can only imagine the spiritual confusion involved with two major religions within this unreached people group. Bible resources exist in Tamil, but Pallar people remain unreached.
Their hearts need to be open to hear God's answers to their spiritual problems.
* Pray that Pallar people will be liberated by God's Holy Spirit from the many ties that bind them to lives devoid of Christ's blessings.
* Pray that Pallar people will see past their respective traditional worship to the futility of it all and experience a growing desire to know the truth of God's Word.
* Pray for the Lord to multiply the reception and influence of His Word among the Pallar people, leading them to love Him with their whole being.
ReferencesView Pallan (Hindu traditions) in all countries.
Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999