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Velakkithalanayan in India

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
357,000 Malayalam Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Velakkithalanayan in India

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Introduction / History
The Valinjiyar (or Velakkithalanayan) live in Kerala and are barbers by tradition. They live mostly in the Cannanore district. They speak, read and write in Malayalam and are not vegetarians. Rice is the cereal eaten by them.

The Valinjiyar are endogamous, meaning that they prefer to marry within their group. They have cousin marriages and a bride price is paid in cash. Marriage rituals are done by them. Many relatives live together in the same home. Divorce and marrying again is allowed with council approval. On the death of the father the sons inherit the property with the oldest son becoming in charge of the home. The dead are cremated.

Many are now agricultural laborers. Hinduism is their religion. They educate their children, especially boys. Family planning is used by them.

Prayer Points
* Pray that God will give the Valinjiyar dreams and visions leading them to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that gospel materials and the internet will lead them to salvation.

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:357,000
Largest States:
Tamil Nadu (193,000)Kerala (162,000)
Puducherry (700)Delhi (500)
Andhra Pradesh (300)Karnataka (300)
Telangana (100)Andaman and Nicobar Islands (90)
Total States on file:8
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Velakkithalanayan
People Name General: Velakkithalanayan
Alternate People Names:
VavutiyanVelakathala Nair
Velakathalai NairVelakkathalai Nair
Vilakkathalavan Nairवेलककीथलनायन
ROP3 Code: 113865
Joshua Project People ID: 18318
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 357,000
Population all Countries: 358,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - Other
People Name General: Velakkithalanayan
Ethnic Code: CNN23b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Malayalam (181,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mal    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Tamil (174,000)Tulu (30)
Total Languages: 3
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
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: 1811-1968
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1841-2004
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 / 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)
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible
Text / Printed MatterBible Gateway Scripture
Text / Printed MatterBible: മലയാളം - Malayalam
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Velakkithalanayan in India

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    South Asia Hindu - Other     Asia, South    
      Velakkithalanayan India    
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