• PEOPLE CLUSTER: TAMIL


QUICK FACTS:

People groups: 30

Population: 10,876,450

Unreached people groups: 26

UPG population: 8,462,950

Unengaged UPGs: 12

UUPG population: 133,450

Number of countries: 3


Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples

Overview: The Tamil people are an ethnic group native to Tamil Nadu, India and the northeastern region of Sri Lanka. Historical evidence of the Tamil dates to as early as 1500 BC. Tamil is a major Dravidian language of India, spoken primarily by the Tamil in India and Sri Lanka. The Tamil people cluster encompasses numerous occupational castes that share the Tamil language. Most Tamil are Hindus, but a few Tamil subgroups follow either Christianity or Islam.

Peoples within this cluster: Bania, Tamil; Bharathar, Christian; Dhobi, Tamil; Indian Tamil; Isai Vellalar; Kallar; Katesar; Kayalar; Kongu Vellalar; Labbai; Madrasi; Mudaliyar; Nai, Mangala; Nasuvan; Parkavakulam; Parvatarajakulam; Pattanavan; Rajput, Tamil; Rawther; Saliar; Shaikh, Tamil; Tambiran; Tamoy; Teli, Tamil; Thigala; Uppillian; Urali Gaunder; Valaiyar; Vellayan Kuppam Veluthonathunayar; Yadava, Tamil

Countries where they are found: India; Laos; Sri Lanka


People groups: 30

Population: 10,876,450

Unreached people groups: 26

UPG population: 8,462,950

Unengaged UPGs: 12

UUPG population: 133,450

Number of countries: 3