Velan in India

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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Velan
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 102,000
World Population: 102,000
Primary Language: Malayalam
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Velan (or Velar) are a Scheduled Caste who live mainly in Kerala though some are further east in Tamil Nadu. They speak, read and write in Malayalam.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They are traditionally washers of clothes and coconut harvesters. They also work in livestock production, in businesses, in industry, and in government work. Those that live in the north continue with their tradition of making pots. Some are landowners. The women help in agriculture, social and religious matters. Women also look after finances. Marriages include a dowry. The Velan have cross-cousin marriages. Sons inherit the property on the death of the father with the oldest son taking charge of the home. The Velans do not allow for divorce and remarriage. They have a group of elders to judge disagreements. They are generally well-educated and they educate both boys and girls. The Velans are not vegetarians who eat beef and pork, which is unusual for Hindus.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Velan are Hindus by religion and have their own festivals.

What Are Their Needs?

The Velan people need the guidance of God the Father so they can experience life to the full.

Prayer Points

Pray that Indian believers will help the Velan people to begin their own disciple making movement. Pray that gospel materials and the internet will provide them with excellent materials to understand the finished work of Christ. Pray for spiritual discernment and a hunger for the One who is the Truth.

Text Source:   Keith Carey