Nai (Hindu traditions) in India


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

Subgroups: 50 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
Sribastab 1,021,000
Gole 214,000
Kanaujia 200,000
Nayinda 124,000
Banbheru 106,000
Bhandari 65,000
Umre 39,000
Ahir Khandeshi 28,000
Sainbhagat 27,000
Konkani Shinde 21,000

Introduction / History

Of the five major castes in India, Nai are a sub-caste of the Shudra. The Shudra are just above the Harijan or the untouchable caste. Nai people groups are located throughout India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Nai are associated with the barber profession. As they did traditionally, the Nai groom clients, such as cutting hair and nails and provide minor medical services like extracting teeth and setting sprains. They also perform duties in connection with marriage, matchmaking and celebrations. Nai women, called 'Naun', are hairdressers, henna artists and midwives.
A large-scale occupational change is taking place as many Nai take up other trades and professions in modern India. The literacy rate of the Nai is low. Many leave school due to poverty or from a lack of schools or colleges nearby.

The traditional extended family is still common in Nai communities. Sons inherit equal shares in the family property and the eldest succeeds as head of the family. Nai women are secondary in status to males.
A caste council (panchayat) maintains social control over the community.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Nai are Hindus giving special prominence to regional deities. Nai believe evil spirits, along with local deities, cause trouble and diseases. Community exorcists, witch doctors are common.


What Are Their Needs?

Nai people, particularly women, need to advance economically, medically, and educationally.
They need to know the Lord Jesus and His ways. They need to be mentally freed from being second-class citizens due to their caste ranking. They need to know that they can become the children of God, and part of a special nation serving God instead of man.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Nai (Hindu traditions) in India.

Pray for a spiritual hunger that will give the Nai people a willingness to accept the eternal blessings of Jesus Christ.
Pray for a disciple making movement that will bless Nai people this decade.
Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers to the Nai people.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-08-22
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-08-15
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-05-22
People Name General Nai (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Nai (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation nah-EE
World Population 12,004,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 237
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
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster South Asia Hindu - Nai
People Group Nai (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25
Total Subgroups 50 (only 15 largest shown)
  Sribastab 1,021,000
  Gole 214,000
  Kanaujia 200,000
  Nayinda 124,000
  Banbheru 106,000
  Bhandari 65,000
  Umre 39,000
  Ahir Khandeshi 28,000
  Sainbhagat 27,000
  Konkani Shinde 21,000
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 35
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
2,559,000
Andhra Pradesh
1,056,000
Bihar
1,050,000
West Bengal
1,045,000
Madhya Pradesh
995,000
Rajasthan
891,000
Maharashtra
831,000
Tamil Nadu
590,000
Gujarat
499,000
Telangana
473,000
Jharkhand
341,000
Karnataka
312,000
Haryana
280,000
Chhattisgarh
230,000
Punjab
199,000
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 35  (only 20 largest shown)
  Uttar Pradesh 2,559,000
  Andhra Pradesh 1,056,000
  Bihar 1,050,000
  West Bengal 1,045,000
  Madhya Pradesh 995,000
  Rajasthan 891,000
  Maharashtra 831,000
  Tamil Nadu 590,000
  Gujarat 499,000
  Telangana 473,000
  Jharkhand 341,000
  Karnataka 312,000
  Haryana 280,000
  Chhattisgarh 230,000
  Punjab 199,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (4,963,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 67
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Telugu
1,557,000
Bengali
950,000
Marathi
645,000
Tamil
527,000
Bhojpuri
524,000
Gujarati
453,000
Kannada
283,000
Punjabi, Eastern
225,000
Marwari
178,000
Chhattisgarhi
163,000
Awadhi
157,000
Kanauji
142,000
Dhundari
135,000
Maithili
132,000
Assamese
90,000
Primary Language Hindi (4,963,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 67
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Telugu 1,557,000
  Bengali 950,000
  Marathi 645,000
  Tamil 527,000
  Bhojpuri 524,000
  Gujarati 453,000
  Kannada 283,000
  Punjabi, Eastern 225,000
  Marwari 178,000
  Chhattisgarhi 163,000
  Awadhi 157,000
  Kanauji 142,000
  Dhundari 135,000
  Maithili 132,000
  Assamese 90,000
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1835-2012)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Virtual Storehouse
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Hindi
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.07 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.93 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India 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

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