Sozhia Vellalan in India

The Sozhia Vellalan have only been reported in India
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Largest Religion
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Vellalan or Vellalar of south India have a long and proud history. They served as the landed aristocracy and as military officers and court officials in the three great Tamil dynasties. They were patrons of literature and the arts. The Vellalars made up the majority of government leaders and administrators in south India during the British period. Lower castes began calling themselves Vellalars and acting like them in order to gain their high status. The word Sozhia means Sozha or Chola country people. They are a subgroup of the Vellalar peoples. They live in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry and speak in Tamil.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Sozhia Vellala work mainly in agriculture and cultivation. Some work for the government. The Sozhia Vellala are a large group of the Vellala and are mostly landowners. The Sozhia Vellala prefer cousin marriages. The bride's family gives the groom's family a dowry. They allow for re-marriage if there is a divorce. Boys and girls are both educated. A traditional caste council looks after their interests.


What Are Their Beliefs?

These Hindus worship their ancestors.


What Are Their Needs?

The Sozhia Vellala need the opportunity to follow the Christ, the only one who can offer them life to the full.


Prayer Points

Pray for a spiritual hunger that will lead them to the empty grave. Pray that the council leaders will come to Jesus Christ and lead others to Him. Pray that gospel materials will lead them to salvation.


Scripture Prayers for the Vellalan Sozhia in India.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Vellalan Sozhia
People Name in Country Vellalan Sozhia
Natural Name Sozhia Vellalan
Population this Country 166,000
Population all Countries 166,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 3
Alternate Names Soliyan; Sozhia; Sozia; Vellalar; वेल्लालन सोज़िया
People ID 21280
ROP3 Code 118103
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 2
Largest States
Tamil Nadu
163,000
Puducherry
1,800
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
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 2
  Tamil Nadu 163,000
  Puducherry 1,800
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Tamil (166,000 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Tamil (166,000 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Tamil

Primary Language:  Tamil

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1714-1956)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1715-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1727-2021)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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Virtual Storehouse
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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources General / Other
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
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Audio Recordings Recorded oral Bible Oral Bibles
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Finding Peace Create International
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tamil Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
1.08 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
98.92 %
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.
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more