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Primanar in Sri Lanka


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
74,000 Tamil Hinduism 3.07 % Unknown   

Primanar in Sri Lanka

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Introduction / History
The Primanar are a group of Tamil Brahmins who left their homeland in South India to live in the island nation of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka became an independent nation in 1948. Many from the Primanar people were leaders in the Sri Lankan Civil War (1983-2009) against the Buddhist Sinhalese majority. The Tamil Sri Lankans wanted to establish their own country in the east and north of the island. Thousands of Primanar were killed in the war and others fled as refugees to Europe, Australia, Canada or the USA. Sri Lanka is still rebuilding from the war. Along with thousands of lost lives, the Tamils in Sri Lanka experienced the destruction of their property and livelihoods. As educated Sri Lankans, Primanar people speak Tamil, English and Sinhala.

What are their lives like?
The Brahmin Primanar constitute the highest caste of the Tamil speaking people in Sri Lanka. Before the war they served as Hindu priests and teachers. Many were also landowners. Lower castes worked their land growing rice, coconuts, tea, palm trees, and spices. The Primanar also held high positions in business, technology, education, law, medicine, and science. They are trying to regain their status as wealthy Brahmins. Primanar parents encourage their children to pursue university degrees. Marriage to one spouse is the norm. Young people choose their spouses with the consent of their families. The Primanar marry within their people.

What are their beliefs?
The Primanar practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. The Primanar pay special devotion of Shiva, the god of destruction and the arts. 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 Primanar 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 Primanar 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. A small fraction of the Primanar became Roman Catholics during the colonial period.

What are their needs?
The Primanar must come to understand that Jesus is not just another Hindu god or guru. They need to come to Him with a sense of personal sin. It is difficult for a proud Brahmin to humble himself or herself and trust in Jesus as their only Savior and Lord.

Prayer Points
Pray that the Lord uses the hardships and consequences of the Sri Lankan war to bring many Primanar to Himself. Pray the Primanar are able to gain employment and provide for their families. Ask the Lord to raise up a Disciple Making Movement among the Sri Lankan Primanars in this decade. Pray that Tamil believers would be led by the Spirit to tell the Primamar about the spiritual riches of Jesus Christ.

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Country: Sri Lanka
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:74,000
Largest Provinces:
Northern (33,000)Eastern (18,000)
Western (12,000)Central (4,400)
Sabaragamuwa (2,600)North Western (2,200)
Uva (1,000)Southern (1,000)
North Central (400)
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People Name in Country: Primanar
People Name General: Primanar
Alternate People Names:
Brahmin Sri Lankan TamilIyar
ROP3 Code: 118246
Joshua Project People ID: 21453
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 74,000
Population all Countries: 74,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Primanar
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Tamil (74,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tam    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity3.07 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism96.93 % 
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
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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
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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
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GeneralZume Resources
GeneralZume Training
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Primanar in Sri Lanka

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      Primanar Sri Lanka    
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