Nair in Sri Lanka


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

Introduction / History

The Nairs were once a martial nobility, similar to the Samurai of Japan and figure prominently in the history of Kerala. Kalarippayattu (ancient martial art) is associated with the Nairs.

Nairs were Kshatriyas (Hinduism’s second highest caste) belonging to the Serpent Dynasty (Nagavansham) who removed their sacred thread and migrated south to escape the wrath of a vengeful Parashurama, an avatar of the prominent Hindu god Vishnu. The affinity of the Nair community towards serpent worship, their martial past, and the absence of the sacred thread lends support to this theory.

Throughout the medieval period and until well into the 19th century, the Nairs had a pre-eminent role in Kerala, a state in southern India. By the middle of the 19th century, however, this dominance started waning. Institutions like the sambandham and the matrilineal joint family system which had ensured the strength of the Nair community earlier, now became productive of many evils in changing socio-political background of Kerala. The impact of the market economy, the disappearance of traditional military training, the absorption of new values through the new system of education, and their cry for equality and privileges - all these factors brought about a decline of Nair dominance.


Where Are they Located?

The Nair people are most prominent in the southern Indian state of Kerala, but a small number live in Sri Lanka.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They have retained status as part of Hinduism’s high Kshatrya caste. Today members of the Nair caste don’t all follow one profession or business. They represent such diverse occupations as traders, artisans, oil-mongers, barbers, and washer men. But many still carry arms with them at all times.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Traditionally their form of Hinduism included the worship of snakes. They are all Hindus whose main object of worship is Vishnu but who also wear the mark of the god Shiva on their foreheads.


What Are Their Needs?

A hunger for high status coupled with devotion to a religious system rather than to a Savior can potentially keep these Hindus away from Jesus Christ.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Nair in Sri Lanka.

* Pray for workers to go to the Nair people in Sri Lanka, and for their hearts to be ready to receive their savior.
* Pray for networks of believing Nair families and fellowships that will throw the doors open for others to follow Jesus.
* Pray for the Lord to bless the families among the Nair people with his presence and mercy.
* Pray for Bible believing fellowships and churches among the Nair people.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17747/CE
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17747/IN
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2010/10/07
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2006/09/28


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Nair
People Name in Country Nair
World Population 6,702,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Naique; Naire; Nairi; Nayammar; Nayar; Nayarangi; Nayre; नायर
People ID 17747
ROP3 Code 113205
Country Sri Lanka
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 30  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 8
Largest States
Central
2,200
Eastern
600
Northern
400
Sabaragamuwa
300
Western
200
Uva
200
North Western
40
Southern
40
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Sri Lanka
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 30  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 8
  Central 2,200
  Eastern 600
  Northern 400
  Sabaragamuwa 300
  Western 200
  Uva 200
  North Western 40
  Southern 40
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Tamil
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Malayalam
Primary Language Tamil
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Malayalam
People Groups Speaking Tamil

Primary Language:  Tamil

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1714-1956)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1715-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1727-2016)
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 Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Finding Peace
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 Tamil
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Bible Visuals
General Comprehensive list of Tamil Resources
General God's Simple Plan
General Gospel website in this language
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.51 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.49 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Sri Lanka census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Thachan Makan  Creative Commons  Used with permission
Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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