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Bania Chetti in Sri Lanka

Bania Chetti

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
6,200 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Bania Chetti in Sri Lanka

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Introduction / History
The Chettis first came to Sri Lanka from southern India as traders.

Where are they located?
This people group lives mainly in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka, but some have moved to the nearby beautiful island of Sri Lanka.

What are their lives like?
The Chettiar are also called Chetti. Chetti is a name given to many castes among this people. The word Chetti means trader.

Among the Chettis there seems to be more widowers than widows. There are more married men than married women. Chettis have sub groups called Ayira Vaisyar.

What are their beliefs?
Though there might have been some Roman Catholic influence in their community in the past, today the Sri Lankan Chetti are 100 percent Hindu.

What are their needs?
This people group is somewhat economically stable, but spiritually they do not know that Jesus Christ came to save sinners. Who will tell them?

Prayer Points
* Pray that believers from India will soon take the life-transforming gospel to the Sri Lankan Chetti.
* Pray for Christ-centered fellowships and disciple-making movements to emerge among this people group.


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Country: Sri Lanka
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:30 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:6,200
Largest Provinces:
Western (5,600)North Western (300)
Central (200)Sabaragamuwa (70)
Uva (50)Eastern (30)
Southern (20)North Central (10)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Bania Chetti
People Name General: Bania Chetti
Alternate People Names:
ArayiaArayia Vaisya
Ayira VysyarBaqal
Vaniaबनिया, चेट्टी
ROP3 Code: 115147
Joshua Project People ID: 19695
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 6,200
Population all Countries: 734,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Forward Caste - Bania
People Name General: Bania Chetti
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Tamil
Language Code (ISO): tam    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Telugu (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
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: 1727-2016
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 / VideoGeneral Ministry Resources
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / Video / Animation
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: Old Version Bible
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Bania Chetti in Sri Lanka

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People Cluster
    South Asia Forward Caste - Bania     Asia, South    
      Bania Chetti Sri Lanka    
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