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Tamil (Hindu traditions) in United States

Tamil (Hindu traditions)

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
91,000 Tamil Hinduism 6.00 % 0.50 %   

Tamil (Hindu traditions) in United States

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Introduction / History
The homeland of the Tamil people is southeast India. Tamil is one of the major languages of India and the 17th most spoken language in the world. Tamils are proud of their cultural and literary heritage that dates back over 2000 years. Many thousands of Tamils left India and live in dozens of countries throughout the world including the USA. Many migrated to the USA as professionals during the last half of the 20th century. These include physicians, scientists, university professors, software engineers, and financiers. The mother of Vice President Kamala Harris is of Tamil origin. The three largest populations of Tamils living in the USA are New York City, New Jersey and Los Angeles. A small fraction of the Tamils in the USA has become followers of Christ.

What are their lives like?
The Tamils who have come to the USA are a diverse group. The highly educated ones such as physicians and computer experts work the same jobs they did in India or Sri Lanka. They were upper class people in their country of origin and they fit into the high income bracket in the USA. Middle class Tamils come to the USA looking for better lives for their children. They often work in restaurants, retail, information technology, finance and trade. Their children attend American public schools. Their children also attend Tamil-Hindu schools on Saturday to practice their family language and learn parents’ faith. 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 and Middle Eastern cultures. Tamils in USA try to maintain their ethnic identity and at the same time become model American citizens. In traditional Tamil culture, the parents chose the spouse of their children. This practice has changed in modern society where children frequently choose their partner with their parents’ guidance. Parents strongly encourage their children to marry within their religion and people group. Many Tamil young people in the USA marry outside their people and religion.

What are their beliefs?
The large majority of Tamils in USA practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. The patron 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 Hindu faith of many American Tamils is more cultural than theological. 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 the USA also frequently celebrate Christian holidays. The Tamil New is celebrated on April 14.

What are their needs?
The Tamils in the USA 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 the USA in this decade. Pray the Lord moves American believers and churches to reach out and share the good news with the Tamils. Pray that more Christian literature, internet material and videos are read and heeded by Tamil speakers. Ask God to bring American Tamil leaders and heads of families into His kingdom.

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

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Country: United States
Continent: North America
Region: America, North and Caribbean
10/40 Window: No
   
 
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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: 91,000
Population all Countries: 2,764,000
Least-Reached: No
   
 
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 (91,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tam    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism20.00 % 
Christianity6.00 %(Evangelical: 0.50 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism74.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant20.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic80.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have only a very small representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
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
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 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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