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Kinnara in Sri Lanka


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
29,000 Sinhala Buddhism 0.46 % Unknown No   

Kinnara in Sri Lanka

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Introduction / History
Caste is something that we normally expect from the Hindu peoples like the Tamils. For Hindu communities, caste has its roots in ancient religious beliefs. For Buddhist peoples, there is a more subtle caste system that originated with the ruling elite. It was a way for them to protect their status, much like the guardians of the Europe's feudal system.

One of the communities that is on the lower end of the Buddhist caste system is the Kunnara people. These people were traditionally mat weavers. They migrated from Sri Lanka from southern India, probably hundreds of years ago.

Where are they located?
All of the Kinnara people now live in Sri Lanka where they have a small population.

What are their lives like?
Though many of the Kinnara people still weave mats, there are many who are agricultural workers.

What are their beliefs?
The Kinnara people are Buddhists. Buddhists do not have a personal, living god they worship, but they believe in spiritual forces which determine what happens to us in this life and the life to come. They believe that life is subject to suffering and uncertainty. Our existence is eternal, because we are reincarnated into another living being after death. We can eventually reach nirvana, a perfect state of bliss through meditation, wisdom and high morality.

What are their needs?
The Kinnara people need the chance to put their identity in Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points
Pray for workers to go to the Kinnara people of Sri Lanka, and for their hearts to be ready to receive their Savior.
Pray for networks of believing families and fellowships that will throw the doors open for others to follow Jesus.
Pray for the Lord to bless the families among the Kinnara people with his presence and mercy.
Pray for believers among this people group to disciple others who will disciple still others.
Pray for Bible believing fellowships and churches among the Kinnara people.


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Country: Sri Lanka
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:29,000
Largest Provinces:
Central (7,200)Sabaragamuwa (6,800)
North Western (6,100)North Central (4,600)
Uva (4,200)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Kinnara
People Name General: Kinnara
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 118219
Joshua Project People ID: 21413
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 29,000
Population all Countries: 29,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Buddhist
People Name General: Kinnara
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Sinhala (29,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): sin    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism99.54 % 
Christianity0.46 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
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: 1739-1966
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1823-2009
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Sinhala
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
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GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
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Kinnara in Sri Lanka

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      Kinnara Sri Lanka    
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