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Vannan (Hindu traditions) in Sri Lanka

Vannan (Hindu traditions)

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
26,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Vannan (Hindu traditions) in Sri Lanka

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Introduction / History
The large majority of the Hindu Vannan people live in South India. A smaller group lives on the island of Sri Lanka. The traditional occupation of the Vannan people was washing clothes. This job is disappearing as more washing machines become available in India and Sri Lanka.

What are their lives like?
The main sources of income in Sri Lanka are tourism, the export of Ceylon tea and rice, textiles, and the export of minerals including titanium ore. The Vannan tend to marry within their group but marriage with other Tamil groups in Sri Lankan is becoming common. Many Vanna young people leave the rural villages in search of better educational and professional opportunities in the cities. The Vannan are taking advantage of Sri Lanka's free educational system to earn college degrees and gain new jobs. The Vannan encourage their children to complete high school and attend universities. Some Vannan have become professionals when they get their university degrees. Brahmin priests officiate at important family affairs such as births, weddings and funerals.

What are their beliefs?
The Vanna 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 Vanna visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hope of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like 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 Vannan 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 Vannan often celebrate Buddhist holidays. The caste system divides Hindus into four main categories. The Vannan would mostly fit into the worker or Shudra caste.

What are their needs?
The Vannan need to see and understand that Jesus is not another Hindu god or guru. He is the Lord and Savior of the world. The Vannan would benefit by learning new jobs skills. Their children need good schools. Rural Vannan need access to modern medicine and clean water.

Prayer Points
Ask the Lord of the harvest would send workers to the Vannan. Pray for a healing of wounds among the Vannan from the Sri Lankan war. Ask the Lord to raise up a Disciple Making Movement among the Vannan of Sri Lanka in this decade. Pray that Tamil Bibles and Christian literature get into the hands of the Vannan.


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Country: Sri Lanka
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:26,000
Largest Provinces:
Central (15,000)Uva (5,300)
Sabaragamuwa (2,900)Western (1,900)
Southern (500)Eastern (300)
Northern (200)North Western (200)
North Central (30)
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People Name in Country: Vannan (Hindu traditions)
People Name General: Vannan (Hindu traditions)
Alternate People Names:
Pandya VannanPathiyan
Peru VannanTulukku Vanan
Vannan ChristianVenar
VirabadranWayanadan Pathiyan
ROP3 Code: 113869
Joshua Project People ID: 18322
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 26,000
Population all Countries: 128,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Vannan (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Tamil (26,000 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:
Complete Bible: 1727-2021
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
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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 / VideoFollowing Jesus video
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / 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 / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralComprehensive list of Tamil Resources
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralZume Resources
GeneralZume Training
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Text / Printed MatterBible: Tamil
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Tamil
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