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Vathiriyan (Hindu traditions) in India

Vathiriyan (Hindu traditions)

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
9,400 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Vathiriyan (Hindu traditions) in India

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Introduction / History
The Vathiriyar community has well defined branches and sub-branches inside their community structure. Originally there were only seven branches which are treated as the original main branches. Over time due to differences in understanding and arguments several sub-branches formed under the main branches.

Where are they located?
They live mostly in the Tuticorin, Kanyakumari and Thirunelveli districts of Tamil Nadu, India. Quite a good numbers have now settled in Chennai, capital of state Tamil Nadu. In search of jobs and education, people have migrated in large numbers to Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Salem and Vellore. Smaller numbers are found in Hyderabad and Mumbai.

What are their lives like?
Vathiriayan community is one of the SC communities according to Tamil Nadu Gazette (no 72). Their traditional job is weaving. Due to migration, education and globalization this occupation is almost becoming extinct.

Sociologically speaking, this is one of the rare communities, follow the clan system through maternal side, though it is not a matrilineal society.

What are their beliefs?
The majority of the Vathiriyan are Hindu. They responded to the gospel along with the Nadar community during the SPG and CMS missionary work and Catholic missionary work. According to one source, half of them are Christians both Protestants and Catholics. It is reported that as many as 20 percent of them may be evangelical Christians.

One report says, "This community cannot be taken as an unreached community. Almost 100% of them know the gospel, though only 50% are Christians. Over 50 are found in full time ministry and most of them are theological graduates. This community has produced one bishop at least. One of the bishops of Evangelical Church of India (ECI) is from this community."

What are their needs?
This community can be taken as an example for the following: missionaries used education and vocational training as a tool for economic upliftment. This community used the education given by the missionaries. Today number of them are engineers, medical doctors, teachers and doing many other jobs. 70% is the literacy rate.

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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:9,400
Largest States:
Tamil Nadu (9,200)Maharashtra (80)
Telangana (60)
Total States on file:3
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Vathiriyan (Hindu traditions)
People Name General: Vathiriyan (Hindu traditions)
Alternate People Names:
वतिरियाँ
ROP3 Code: 113847
Joshua Project People ID: 18302
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 9,400
Population all Countries: 9,400
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Tamil
People Name General: Vathiriyan (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN23c
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Tamil (9,400 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tam    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism100.00 % 
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)
   
 
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: 1727-2002
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 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 / VideoGeneral Ministry Resources
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Tamil
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
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible
Text / Printed MatterBible: Old Version Bible
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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