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Brahmin Iyer in India

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
304,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Brahmin Iyer in India

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Iyers are originally from India's southeastern state of Tamil Nadu. However many have migrated to Karnataka for various reasons, chief among them being the prospect of finding profitable employment. Most Iyer Brahman women have traded the traditional nine-yard saree for modern, convenient clothing. These women are also in the work force of southern India. This would not have been the case 50 years ago.

They were once involved with all kinds of Hindu rituals, but not today. They do, however, maintain the rites and rituals associated with the dead. Iyers are cremated according to Vedic rites soon after they die. Like other Brahmans in south India, the Iyers participate in the Avani Avittam festival. This festival is unique to Brahmans in this part of the world.

Ministry Obstacles
Brahmans believe that if they are faithful to do what the gods expect of them, after they pass away they can reach nirvana, that perfect state of nothingness that Hindus seek. Embracing Christ would interfere with this long-awaited spiritual goal.

Outreach Ideas
The Iyers have always taken an interest in preserving the arts and sciences. Those who go to them may find the meaning behind certain traditional dances and music to be a bridge to the gospel. There are some followers of Christ among other Brahman groups in southern India that could potentially reach out to them.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are no known followers of Christ in this Brahman community.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray that believers in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu will share their Lord with the Iyer Brahmans. Pray that these Brahmans will have meaningful, life-changing encounters with Jesus Christ.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2015-09-20
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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:10 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:304,000
Largest States:
Tamil Nadu (222,000)Andhra Pradesh (27,000)
Karnataka (24,000)Kerala (16,000)
Puducherry (10,000)Telangana (2,400)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Brahmin Iyer
People Name General: Brahmin Iyer
Alternate People Names:
Ayyiar BrahmanAyyiar Brahmin
Iyengar BrahmanIyengar Brahmin
Sri VaishnavaSrivaishnava Brahman Iyengar
Srivaishnava Brahmin IyengarTengalai
ब्रामिन, इएर
ROP3 Code: 115723
Joshua Project People ID: 20214
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 304,000
Population all Countries: 304,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Forward Caste - Brahmin
People Name General: Brahmin Iyer
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Tamil (288,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tam    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Malayalam (10,000)Telugu (6,600)
Total Languages: 3
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: 1727-2016
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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Brahmin Iyer in India

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      Brahmin Iyer India    
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            Brahmin Iyer in India          
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