Nai (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest Bangladesh census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Hindu Nai people fact two reasons to be discriminated against in Bangladesh. They are Hindus, which puts them at odds with the Muslim majority. To make matters worse for them, they are from a low Hindu caste. Cutting hair or doing anything else which involves bodily functions is considered work for those of low status. This low status applies to them no matter which South Asian country they reside. Some try to make up for it by taking on surnames associated with Brahmins.


Where Are they Located?

The Nai can find work anywhere in Bangladesh where people need haircuts.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Nai are noted for being talkative and good with conversation. Depending on where they work, they might be poor or middle class. Those who work on urban streets do not earn as much as those who work in more prestigious shopping centers. They also perform other services like cleaning ears and helping with sprains.

Some Nai people have stopped being barbers. Most of these take care of livestock or work as carpenters and the like. A few have access to higher education and the opportunities that provides them.


What Are Their Beliefs?

As Hindus, the Nai people suffer from a great deal of fear of the gods and spirits. They believe that evil spirits cause them harm, so they must be appeased. They have reverence for Shiva, one of the main Hindu deities, and Sen Ghagat, a saint from their own community. Many Nai worship a regional deity as well.


What Are Their Needs?

The Hindu Nai people in Bangladesh need the opportunity for their children to have an adequate education so they can advance beyond their lowly state.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Nai people in Bangladesh will find their peace in Jesus and be freed mentally from being second-class citizens due to their caste ranking.
Pray that the Holy Spirit will call many Nai people to Himself, and use them to gossip the gospel to many others in Bangladesh.
Pray for a disciple making movement among the Nai people in Bangladesh and India.


Scripture Prayers for the Nai (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh.


References

(info is only about other countries, but can be generalized)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nair
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWCh5M0td1U
http://collections.lib.uwm.edu/cdm/ref/collection/agsphoto/id/25361
https://www.quora.com/How-much-does-a-haircut-at-a-barber-cost-in-Bangladesh
http://www.peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/nai/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nai_(caste)


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Nai (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Nai (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation nah-EE
Population this Country 29,000
Population all Countries 14,214,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Aduthon; Ambattan; Amrewal; Arayavati; Aryavathi; Awadhi; Awadhia; Awari; Bammeru; Banbiro; Banvaru; Bhajanthri; Bhandari; Bhandary; Deshabhandari; Dhanwal; Didhia; Ghaijo; Hadapad; Hajam; Hajjam; Hazam; Jadowal; Jallan; Juvwa; Kaikan; Kaila; Kaith; Kalseru Navaliga; Kanaujia; Karagar; Kawa; Kelashi; Kelasi; Kelasi Mhali; Kelasiga; Khadeer; Khalasi; Khalipha; Khawas; Kodiya; Kshaurak; Kshourika; Kuleen; Kuleen Brahman; Kuleen Brahmin; Kuleen-Brahman; Kuleen-Brahmin; Mahale; Mangala; Mangali; Matkos; Matwal; Nabhik; Nadig; Nai; Naia; Naipit; Naiya; Naland; Napit; Napitha; Navaliga; Navid; Naya; Nayanaja Kshatriya; Nayeebrahman; Nayinda; Nhavi; Niaria; Ossatha; Osta; Ovachar; Panwar; Panwari; Pariyaliga; Punwari; Raja; Rajaji; Rajwan; Sanmukh; Savitha; Sen Samaj; Shil; Thakur; Ustadji; Valand; Valand Nadig; Varik; Vavdichaksi; Wadhi; Wadhio; नई (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17745
ROP3 Code 113203
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 29  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 6
Largest States
Khulna
31,000
Dhaka
3,300
Sylhet
1,100
Chittagong
700
Rangpur
300
Rajshahi
300
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 29  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 6
  Khulna 31,000
  Dhaka 3,300
  Sylhet 1,100
  Chittagong 700
  Rangpur 300
  Rajshahi 300
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (35,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Sylheti
900
Primary Language Bengali (35,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Sylheti 900
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1809-2022)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Love Story General / Other
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rivka video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Prophets' Story Create International
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well Create International
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen Create International
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Bangladesh census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more