Ilavan in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Subgroups: 1

Subgroup Name Population
Illathu Pillaimar 165,000

Introduction / History

The Ilavan are also known as Izhava or Ezhavas. They live primarily in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. They work as toddy-tappers. This means they extract sap from palms such as coconut and palmyra to make an alcoholic beverage. They grow coconut, palm and sugar.

Some of them converted to Christian while under British rule. Because of the makeup of their society, this segment became a separate subgroup known as the Chogan.

A caste association was established in the group in 1903. It was named after Narayana Guru. He established an ashram where he proclaimed his message of "one caste, one religion, one god".


Where Are they Located?

Most of the Ilavan live in the Indian state of Kerala. Today, some of them have decided to migrate to other major cities in India, such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru and some others have decided to migrate to the Arab states of the Gulf. A few of the Ilavan have decided to live in the West.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of the Ilavan are either farmers or toddy tappers, however some of them had become builders, chauffeurs, handymen, lorry drivers and taxi drivers. Nowadays, some of the Ilavan have decided to become businessmen, teachers or lecturers.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most of the Ilavan are Hindus, although some are Christians. As low-caste Hindus, they believe that all religions lead to the same path, so an Ilavan who becomes a Christian would not lose his identity as an Ilavan.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Ilavan in India.


References

www.uscwm.info/op1040/pdfs/50.pdf
http://gurunarayana.blogspot.in/2010/03/zhava_13.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ezhava


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Ilavan
People Name in Country Ilavan
Pronunciation
Population this Country 6,587,000
Population all Countries 6,657,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 132
Alternate Names Chogan; Chovan; Ezawa; Ezhava; Illathu Pillaimar; Illattu Pillai; Iluvan; Izhattu Pillaimar; Izhava; Izhuva; Izhuvan; Panikkur; Thiya; Tiya; Tiyan; Tiyyan; इलवान
People ID 16965
ROP3 Code 112271
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 31
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Kerala
4,151,000
Tamil Nadu
2,269,000
Karnataka
86,000
Maharashtra
46,000
Delhi
7,000
Telangana
4,400
Puducherry
4,000
Andhra Pradesh
3,500
Madhya Pradesh
2,100
Rajasthan
1,900
Gujarat
1,900
Andaman and Nicobar
1,800
Uttar Pradesh
1,700
West Bengal
1,600
Odisha
1,100
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 31  (only 20 largest shown)
  Kerala 4,151,000
  Tamil Nadu 2,269,000
  Karnataka 86,000
  Maharashtra 46,000
  Delhi 7,000
  Telangana 4,400
  Puducherry 4,000
  Andhra Pradesh 3,500
  Madhya Pradesh 2,100
  Rajasthan 1,900
  Gujarat 1,900
  Andaman and Nicobar 1,800
  Uttar Pradesh 1,700
  West Bengal 1,600
  Odisha 1,100
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Malayalam (3,526,000 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
Tamil
2,252,000
Konkani
9,500
Tulu
4,500
Kannada
3,700
Konkani, Goan
2,000
English
1,000
Primary Language Malayalam (3,526,000 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
  Tamil 2,252,000
  Konkani 9,500
  Tulu 4,500
  Kannada 3,700
  Konkani, Goan 2,000
  English 1,000
People Groups Speaking Malayalam

Primary Language:  Malayalam

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1811-1968)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1829-1995)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1841-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Malayalam
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel resources links
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.02 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.98 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Nazly Ahmed - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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