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Tamil in Australia

Tamil

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
75,000 Tamil Hinduism 2.00 % 1.00 %   

Tamil in Australia

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Introduction / History
Tamil is one of the major languages of India and the 17th most spoken language in the world. Tamil is one of the oldest written languages with a history going back 3000 years. Tamil speakers are proud of their culture and literary tradition. Large populations of Tamils have left southern India and have come to live in over 20 nations. During the days of the British Empire many Tamils came to live in Australia. Many Tamils have lived in Australia for generations. While they speak fluent English, most still use Tamil as their family language.

What are their lives like?
The Tamils in Australia have diverse lives. The educated ones have a middle or upper class lifestyle. They have taken advantage of Australia’s education system and become professionals in business, trade, medicine, science, and in education. Recently arrived Tamils have a more difficult time finding jobs in order to meet the needs of their family. Many Tamils own and work in small businesses such as restaurants, retail and construction. The father is the head of the Tamil family. He shares leadership with his wife over the children. A woman has a higher place in the Tamil home than in most Asian cultures. Parents encourage their sons and daughters to excel in education and obtain college degrees. Tamils in Australia try to maintain their ethnic identity and at the same time become Australian citizens. In traditional Tamil culture, the parents chose the spouse of their children. This practice has changed in Western societies where children frequently choose their partner with their parents’ guidance.

What are their beliefs?
Though there are many Muslim and Christian Tamils, the majority 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 Tamils visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. The main yearly holidays of the Tamil 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.

What are their needs?
The Tamils in Australia must understand that Jesus is not only the Lord and Savior of Australians. Jesus is the Tamils’ Lord and Savior too. Newly arrived Tamils have needs for housing, jobs and schooling that Australian believers can help meet. Showing practical love to the Tamils will draw them to the Savior.

Prayer Points
Pray the Lord raises up a Disciple Making Movement among the Australian Tamils in this decade. Pray the Lord moves believers and churches in Australia to reach out and share the good news with the Tamils. Pray that more Christian literature and videos becomes available in the Tamil language.

References
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamil_diaspora

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Country: Australia
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Tamil
People Name General: Tamil (Hindu traditions)
Alternate People Names:
तमिल (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 113732
Joshua Project People ID: 18211
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 75,000
Population all Countries: 2,764,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Tamil (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
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Language
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Primary Language: Tamil (75,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tam    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity2.00 %(Evangelical: 1.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism85.00 % 
Islam13.00 % 
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:
1715-1998Audio
Complete Bible: 1727-2019
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
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
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsRecorded oral Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoFinding Peace
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / VideoIndigitube.tv 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 / VideoThe Prophets' Story
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralComprehensive list of Tamil Resources
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralGospel website in this language
Mobile AppBible app direct APK download
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app from Google Pla ...
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible: Tamil
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Tamil
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
Text / Printed MatterTopical Scripture booklets and Bible stu ...
 
 
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Tamil in Australia

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      Tamil (Hindu traditions) Australia    
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