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Ambalavasi in Sri Lanka



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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
16,000 Tamil Hinduism 14.98 % Unknown   

Ambalavasi in Sri Lanka

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Introduction / History
It is estimated that the first inhabitants arrived in Sri Lanka late in the 6th century B.C., from northern India. Buddhism was introduced circa 250 B.C. In the 14th century, a south Indian dynasty established a Tamil kingdom in northern Sri Lanka. The Portuguese controlled the coastal areas of the island in the 16th century and the Dutch in the 17th century. The island was united under British rule by 1815. It became independent in 1948 with the name of Ceylon; its name was changed to Sri Lanka in 1972.

Though there are two major ethnic groups in Sri Lanka, there are smaller ones as well. The Hindu Ambalavsi people are one of the smaller ethnic groups of Sri Lanka.

Where are they located?
Sri Lanka is an island country lying in the Indian Ocean, not far from southern India. The Ambalavasi people live in southern India as well as Sri Lanka.

What are their lives like?
Most Ambalavasi people live in rural areas. They grow tea, sugar, cinnamon, and rubber as sources of income. Often they supplement their income by producing textiles. Many who are city dwellers work in tourism. The Ambalavasi people primarily speak, read and write in Malayalam. There are many believers who speak this language in southern India. Many Christian resources are available in Malayalam, including the complete Bible, audio Bible, and the JESUS Film.

The Agamudaiyan people favor cross-cousin marriages, and they avoid marrying individuals outside of their ethnic group. Upon the death of the father, property goes to the sons, the oldest son being in charge of the estate. Unlike many Hindu groups they bury their dead rather than cremate them. They have traditional caste councils that settle disputes.

What are their beliefs?
The Ambalavasi people are 100 percent Hindu. Many Sri Lankans view Christianity as foreign and evangelism as unethical. Information regarding the specific Hindu practices of the Ambalavasi people are not unavailable. In general, Hindus are pragmatic in their spiritual beliefs, offering worship to gods in exchange for benefits rather than out of love or devotion.

What are their needs?
Ambalavasi people who leave Sri Lanka to work abroad are subjected to hardships and abuses. Many women endure the risk to send money home. Their absence is very difficult on the children they leave behind. They need the opportunity to earn a good living in Sri Lanka.

Prayer Points
* Pray that the hardships suffered by Ambalavasi people in Sri Lanka will give them the willingness to seek and find Jesus as their savior and Lord.
* Pray against powers and principalities that heavily influence the very religious Ambalavasi culture.
* Pray for a mighty disciple making movement among the Ambalavasi people in Sri Lanka.

References
Profiles written by Karen Hightower of Global Prayer Digest
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/16207/CE
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/16207/IN
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/Ambalavasi-People- in-Sri- Lanka/
https://www.revolvy.com/main/index.php?s=Ambalavasi&item_type=topic
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambalavasi
http://www.peoplegroups.org/Explore/groupdetails.aspx?peid=42017
http://wikivisually.com/wiki/Ambalavasi

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Global Prayer Digest: 2010-09-29
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Country: Sri Lanka
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:46 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:16,000
Largest Provinces:
Uva (5,700)Central (5,000)
Eastern (3,200)Sabaragamuwa (1,000)
Western (900)
Total Provinces on file:5
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Ambalavasi
People Name General: Ambalavasi
Alternate People Names:
AdikalAhambadian
AmbalagarAmbalakar
AmbalakaramAmbalakarar
AmbalakarmaCholanaickan
KambalattanMadi
MaravanMuthurasa
NaiduNaiker
PoduvalSembanattu
ROP3 Code: 111316
Joshua Project People ID: 16207
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 16,000
Population all Countries: 169,000
Least-Reached: No
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - Other
People Name General: Ambalavasi
Ethnic Code: CNN23b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Tamil (16,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tam    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity14.98 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism85.02 % 
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]   Evangelicals have only a very small representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1714-1956
New Testament:
1715-1998Audio
Complete Bible: 1727-2002
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 / 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
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 Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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