South Asian Peoples
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:
Adi Dravida, Hindu; Adiyan; Agamudaiyan; Alavan; Arwa Mala; Bania, Tamil; Bharathar, Christian; Brahman, Tamil; Chackaravar; Chakkiliyan, Hindu; Chayakkaran; Devendrakulathan; Dhobi, Tamil; Eravallan; Hill Pulayan; Idayan; Indian Tamil; Irular; Isai Vellalar; Jain, Tamil; Kadaiyan; Kaikolan; Kallar; Katesar; Kattunayakan; Kavara; Kayalar; Kepmaris; Koliyan; Kongu Vellalar; Kota; Kudumban; Kuravan, Hindu; Labbai; Madrasi; Maha Malasar; Malai Pandaram; Malai Vellala; Maniyattikkaran; Mannan, Caste; Marakkan, Muslim; Maravan; Mudaliyar; Nadar, Hindu; Nai, Mangala; Nanjil Mudali; Nasuvan; Navithan; Oochan; Pallan, Hindu; Palliyan; Panan; Pandaram; Panditattan; Pannadi; Paraiyan, Hindu; Parkavakulam; Parvatarajakulam; Pattanavan; Puthirai Vannan; Rajput, Tamil; Rawther; Saliar; Samban; Sayankulam; Semman; Shaikh, Tamil; Sri Lankan Moor; Tambiran; Tamil Christian; Tamil Hindu; Tamil Muslim; Tamoy; Teli, Tamil; Thigala; Tholuva Naicker; Toda; Uppillian; Urali Gaunder; Valaiyar; Valluvan; Vannan, Hindu; Vanniyan; Vellalan; Vellayan Kuppam Veluthonathunayar; Vettakkaran; Vettiyan; Vettuva Gounder; Yadava, Tamil; Yatagiri
Countries where they are found:
Bahrain; Cambodia; Canada; France; Germany; India; Kuwait; Laos; Malaysia; Maldives; Martinique; Myanmar; Netherlands; Oman; Qatar; Reunion; Seychelles; Singapore; Sri Lanka; Thailand; United Kingdom; United States
Unreached people groups:
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