The Nat or Nut peoples name is derived from the Sanskrit word nata which means 'dancer '. They are a traditional occupational caste known for dancing and singing. The Nat have a generally lower caste status or in some states of India they are a Scheduled Caste. The Nat Muslim can be found in north India by the names Nar, Naitak or Natak, though a large majority of the Nat are Hindus. About 25% of Nat are Muslims.
As traditional dancers and acrobats that are often semi-nomadic, the Nat Muslims can still be found in acrobatic events and as singers, dancers or unskilled labourers. Men and women are known to sing and play the flute or dholak. Tattooing is common for women especially on the forehead. The Nat Muslims of Nepal speak Bhojpuri and Nepali. The Nat follow Sunni Muslim traditions and are non-vegetarian. They can be given in child marriages and nuclear families can be more common than extended families among them. The Nat Muslims tend to have a very low literacy rate.
It is possible that the Nat Muslim in the lower castes would be open to the Gospel but very few have ever tried and even fewer have worked with the Nat Muslim of Nepal! Small business development and micro loans could likely be a big encouragement to this entrepreneurial people group.
Scripture Prayers for the Nat (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan.
|Profile Source: Anonymous|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2014-10-03|
|People Name General||Nat (Muslim traditions)|
|People Name in Country||Nat (Muslim traditions)|
|Population this Country||29,000|
|Population all Countries||198,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Bajania; Bajania Nat; Bazigar; Bhanumati; Dapad; Gulgulia; Kalbelia; Karnat; Kutchwandh; Nut; Parnewala; Rai Nat; Sanchia; Sapela; Sapera; Sapera muslim; नट (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||8 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||4|
|Primary Language||Saraiki (15,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||skr Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Saraiki
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|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Saraiki|
|General||Biblical answers to your questions|
|General||Gospel resources links|
|Text / Printed Matter||Literacy primer for Saraiki|