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Syrian Christian in India

Syrian Christian

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
3,708,000 Malayalam Christianity 100.00 % Unknown   

Syrian Christian in India

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Introduction / History
The Syrian Christians in India are also called St. Thomas Christians. They are not vegetarians and rice is their main cereal. They are in several parts of India and they speak, read and write Malayam. They have ancestors from Syria.

The Syrian Christians in Kerala marry within their own group and do adult marriages through discussion. The bereaved are allowed to marry again. The women help in agriculture for example as well as doing the housework. There are birth and death pollution periods. The Protestants among them do baptisms by immersion under water. There are church councils that teach religion and look after the members. They have festivals. Boys and girls get educated. Family planning is used and so are traditional and modern medicines.

The Syrian Christians of Rajasthan speak Hindi and read and write in Devanagari. Sons inherit the property with the oldest son becoming in charge of the home. The bereaved can marry again. Children are baptized at twelve years of age. Marriage is done in a church. The dead are buried. The Syrians here work in private and government service. There is a committee that helps the community. They go to Orthodox churches. Males and females are educated and they use modern medicine.

The Syrian Christians of Tamil Nadu speak, read and write in Tamil. The bereaved can marry again. They work in business or in government service. They believe in education, family planning and in traditional and modern medicines.

Prayer Points
* Pray that the Syrian Christians will have the gospel message given to them so that instead of being nominal Christians they become born again.
* Pray for gospel materials to be given to them.

Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999

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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:3,708,000
Largest States:
Kerala (3,020,000)Tamil Nadu (318,000)
Karnataka (203,000)Maharashtra (116,000)
Delhi (12,000)Gujarat (7,500)
Telangana (5,700)West Bengal (4,300)
Madhya Pradesh (2,500)Andhra Pradesh (2,200)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Syrian Christian
People Name General: Syrian Christian
Alternate People Names:
KnanayaKnanaya Christian
Knanaya SamudhayanMar Thoma
Marthoma ChristianiNazarani Mapilla
Thekkumbhaga SamudhayamThekkumbhagar Samudhayan
सिरियन क्रिस्चियन
ROP3 Code: 113714
Joshua Project People ID: 18199
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 3,708,000
Population all Countries: 3,709,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Christian
People Name General: Syrian Christian
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Malayalam (3,627,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mal    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Tulu (28,000)Tamil (22,000)
Konkani (19,000)English (18,000)
Konkani, Goan (7,000)Kannada (1,000)
Total Languages: 7
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity100.00 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
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)
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Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a larger relative representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 6   Greater than or equal to 10% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1811-1968
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1841-2016
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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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 / Video / Animation
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)
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Text / Printed MatterBible Gateway Scripture
Text / Printed MatterBible: മലയാളം - Malayalam
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Syrian Christian in India

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People Cluster
    South Asia Christian     Asia, South    
      Syrian Christian India    
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            Syrian Christian in India          
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      Christianity     Malayalam  
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