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Vellalan in Sri Lanka

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
30,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.47 % Unknown   

Vellalan in Sri Lanka

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Introduction / History
The Vellala or Vellalar live in India and Sri Lanka. In Sri Lanka they are part of the Tamils and they migrated from Tamil Nadu in India. In India, the Vellala are mostly in rural regions. They eat rice as their main cereal. They are cultivators by tradition and Hinduism is their religion.

In Tamil Nadu, the Vellala speak, read and write in Tamil. There are vegetarians and non-vegetarians among them. They are endogamous, meaning they prefer marriage with a member of their group. Cross-cousin marriages are favored. Widowers can marry again but not widows and divorcees. The oldest son becomes in charge of the home by inheritance. Marriages are arranged at the home of the bridegroom. The deceased are buried or cremated. The Vellala are landlords and work in agriculture. Some are in professional work. They educate their children and use modern and traditional medicines and do family planning.

In Kerala, the Vellala here migrated from Tamil Nadu. They are similar to those in Tamil Nadu but they read and write in Malayalam as well as in Tamil. They are vegetarians. Divorcees can marry again. Marriage is at the home of the bride. The dead are cremated. They work in agriculture in rural regions and in business in urban ones.

Prayer Points
* Pray that God will give the Vellala dreams and visions bringing them to Salvation.
* Pray that gospel materials will bring them to Jesus Christ.

Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999

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Global Prayer Digest: 2010-09-28
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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:30,000
Largest Provinces:
Central (17,000)Sabaragamuwa (4,100)
Uva (3,900)Western (2,000)
Eastern (1,900)Southern (600)
Northern (500)North Western (300)
North Central (60)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Vellalan
People Name General: Vellalan
Alternate People Names:
Isai VellalarIyengar
ROP3 Code: 113864
Joshua Project People ID: 18317
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 30,000
Population all Countries: 2,556,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Forward Caste - other
People Name General: Vellalan
Ethnic Code: CNN25
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Primary Language: Tamil
Language Code (ISO): tam    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Malayalam (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity12.47 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism87.53 % 
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:
Complete Bible: 1727-2016
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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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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Vellalan in Sri Lanka

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