Vettuvan in India

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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Vettuvan
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 136,000
World Population: 136,000
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

Vettuvan means one who cuts. They are a Scheduled Caste, so they have low to average status in Hindu society. By tradition they have harvested coconuts for a living. The Vettuvan are from Kerala in southwestern India. They speak, read and write in Malayalam, the language of Kerala.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Vettuvan are landless. Some work for the government and many work in agriculture. Women help with farm work. They are not vegetarians but do not eat pork. They prefer cross cousin marriages. Their own people perform marriage and death rituals rather than depending on Brahmin priests.

What Are Their Beliefs?

These people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.

What Are Their Needs?

The Vettuvan people need the chance to be reconciled to God through Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points

Pray that Indian believers will lead the Vettuvan into a powerful movement to Christ. Pray that gospel materials will lead them to salvation. Pray for intercessors and workers.

Text Source:   Keith Carey