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Tamil (Hindu traditions) in Bahrain

Tamil (Hindu traditions)

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
43,000 Tamil Hinduism 14.00 % 10.00 %   

Tamil (Hindu traditions) in Bahrain

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Introduction / History
Tamil is one of the major languages of India. It is the 17th most spoken language in the world with 78 million speakers. Tamil is one of the oldest written languages with a history going back over 2000 years. Tamil speakers are proud of their culture and literary tradition. Large populations of Tamils have left southeast India and come to live in over 20 nations. Many Tamils live in Bahrain, the island nation located in the Persian Gulf. Bahrain is a wealthy nation due to its oil and natural gas industry. Most Tamil men came to Bahrain as laborers in the construction, oil, chemical and tourist industries. Some Tamils had had some economic success and been able to bring their families to live with them. Other Tamils live as cheaply as possible so that they can send money to their families in India or Sri Lanka. A small fraction of Tamil has become believers in Jesus Christ.

What are their lives like?
The Tamils living in Bahrain live diverse lives. Educated Tamils who speak fluent Arabic are able to obtain middle class jobs as managers in Bahrain’s businesses and government. Uneducated Tamils who do not speak Arabic take labor jobs that Bahraini citizens will not do themselves. These Tamils are not paid or treated well. Many see living in Bahrain as a temporary assignment and hope to move back to India if financial circumstances permit. Arabic speaking, educated Tamils see Bahrain as their home and try to bring their families from India to live with them. Their children learn Arabic and attend Bahraini schools. They hope to graduate from universities and gain professional occupations in Bahrain. 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. Tamils in Bahrain try to maintain their ethnic identity and at the same time become model Bahraini citizens. In traditional Tamil culture, the parents chose the spouse of their children. This practice has changed in modern society where young children frequently choose their partner with their parents’ guidance.

What are their beliefs?
The large majority of Tamils in Bahrain practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. The main god of the Tamils is Murugan, the Hindu god of war. Hindus 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 as 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 Hindu 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. The Tamils in Bahrain also frequently celebrate Muslim holidays.

What are their needs?
The Tamils in Bahrain need to understand that material success will not bring them the happiness they are seeking. Jesus Christ is much more than a Hindu god or guru. Only through Christ can a Tamil receive the forgiveness of his or her sins and the gift of eternal life.

Prayer Points
Pray the Lord raises up a Disciple Making Movement among the Tamils in Bahrain in this decade. Pray the Lord moves believers and churches to reach out and share the good news with the Tamils. Pray that more Christian literature and videos become available in the Tamil language. Ask God to bring Tamil leaders and heads of families into His kingdom.

References
wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamils
wikipedia.org/wiki/Bahrain

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Country: Bahrain
Continent: Asia
Region: Africa, North and Middle East
10/40 Window: Yes
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Tamil (Hindu traditions)
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: 43,000
Population all Countries: 2,764,000
Least-Reached: No
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
   
 
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 (43,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tam    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity14.00 %(Evangelical: 10.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism78.20 % 
Islam5.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small2.80 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent36.00 %
Protestant12.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian12.00 %
Roman Catholic40.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1714-1956
New Testament:
1715-1998Audio
Complete Bible: 1727-2016
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 (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 / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoIndigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Tamil
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
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
GeneralComprehensive list of Tamil Resources
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file fro ...
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app from Google Pla ...
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible: Old Version Bible
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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