Nai Mathuria in India

Nai Mathuria
Send Joshua Project a photo
of this people group.
Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Nai Mathuria
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 193,000
World Population: 193,000
Primary Language: Hindi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - Nai
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Traditionally, Nai peoples were delegated the job of cutting hair and other jobs considered demeaning. One of their subgroups is the Mathuria.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Mathuria Nai are barbers but in states such as Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Assam they do other work as well. Some work in agriculture. They are not vegetarians and eat wheat, maize and rice.
They are mostly monogamous. The divorced and bereaved can marry again except in Punjab where only widowers can remarry. On the death of the father, sons inherit the property with the oldest son taking charge of the family estate. They have a caste council to look after their interests.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Nai are Hindus by religion, and they have their own festivals.

What Are Their Needs?

Though their education has improved there is room for more improvement especially for girls, so the gospel will need to be given in oral forms. Many are poor.

Prayer Points

Pray that council leaders come to Jesus Christ and lead others to him.
Pray that gospel recordings will lead them to salvation.
Pray for the Lord to come to the aid of the poor among them.
Pray for gospel workers who are sent by the Holy Spirit.

Text Source:   Joshua Project