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Sri Lanka Chetti in Sri Lanka

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
6,500 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Sri Lanka Chetti in Sri Lanka

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Introduction / History
Chetti is a generic South Indian term for merchants and traders. There are Chetti communities in South India, but a different one in nearby Sri Lanka.
Between the 16th and mid 17th century, Chettis settled in the ports of Jaffna, Colombo and Galle in western Sri Lanka. They were mainly from Tamil Nadu, thus their use of the Tamil language today. This was a time when Portuguese and Dutch colonialists were making inroads into Sri Lanka.
The Sri Lanka Chetti have a subgroup in the northern part of their island nation. That is the Chetty Vellalar, and they are being merged with other Sri Lankan ethnic communities.

What are their lives like?
It's common for the Sri Lanka Chetti to intermarry with the dominant peoples of Sri Lanka. Between this and their small number, one wonders if they will exist as a separate community in 100 years.
The Sri Lanka Chetti are usually part of the business community. Their children usually get a good education so they can continue their comfortable lifestyle.

What are their beliefs?
Though they are devout Hindus, their form of Hinduism has certain elements of Islam and Taoism.
Sri Lankan Chettis are Hindus who are often devoted to either Shiva or Ganesh. Ganesh is a favorite among business communities since Hindus believe he help them overcome obstacles. Those who worship Shiva are joined by many others in this Hindu tradition.

What are their needs?
The Chetti people need to be given the chance to hear the life-changing gospel so they can enjoy life to the full. There are many Christ followers in Sri Lanka and southern India who can introduce them to the only savior.

Prayer Points
Pray for loving gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Chetti people for Jesus and that in God's sovereign timing the hearts of these people would be open and ready to follow him.
Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended Chetti families so the gospel will spread rapidly.
Pray for the spiritual lives of the Chetti people to become fruitful so others will be drawn to Jesus Christ.


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Country: Sri Lanka
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:6,500
Largest Provinces:
Western (5,100)North Western (500)
Central (200)Eastern (200)
Northern (100)Sabaragamuwa (100)
Southern (70)Uva (70)
North Central (40)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Sri Lanka Chetti
People Name General: Sri Lanka Chetti
Alternate People Names:
श्री लंका चेट्टी
ROP3 Code: 117309
Joshua Project People ID: 20802
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 6,500
Population all Countries: 6,500
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Sri Lanka Chetti
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Tamil (6,500 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
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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
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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
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
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Text / Printed MatterBible: Tamil
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Tamil
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
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Sri Lanka Chetti in Sri Lanka

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People Cluster
    South Asia Hindu - other     Asia, South    
      Sri Lanka Chetti Sri Lanka    
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            Sri Lanka Chetti in Sri Lanka          
      Religion Language  
      Hinduism     Tamil  
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