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

The Hindu Nai people are located throughout the nation of India. Their traditional occupation is that of cutting hair and nails. The Nai are known by dozens of other names depending on what part of India they live in. The main language of the Nai is Hindi but they also speak the regional languages of where they reside. Unfortunately, many of the Hindu Nai are illiterate or functionally illiterate. The gospel will have to be shared with them in oral and visual forms. Many resources are available in Hindi including the complete Bible, radio programs and the JESUS Film.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Nai are associated with the barber profession. The Nai groom their clients by as cutting hair and nails. They also provide minor medical services like extracting teeth and setting sprains right. The Nai often perform duties in connection with marriage, matchmaking and wedding celebrations. Nai women, called 'Naun ', are hairdressers, henna artists and midwives. The Nai tend to be quiet people, which is important to their trade. A large-scale occupational change is taking place with many Nai taking up other trades and professions in modern India. The literacy rate among the Nai is low. Many children leave school after a few years to help their parents earn a living. The traditional extended family is still common. 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 Nai caste council settle legal issues and promotes their interests with outsiders.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Nai practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon and their brand of Hinduism is influenced by folk religion. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Nai visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods as Christians do. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. The main yearly holidays of the Nai people are Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the celebration of autumn and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday. The Nai give special prominence to their regional deities. The Nai believe in evil spirits who, along with local deities, are believed to cause trouble and diseases. The Nai frequently go to shamans for their spiritual and medical needs. The caste system divides Hindus into four main categories - Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and the Shudras. Dalits and tribal peoples are outside of the caste system. The Nai fit into the Shudra or working caste.


What Are Their Needs?

The Nai need to learn new job skills and literacy. They need increased access to good schools, particularly for Nai women and girls. They also need access to modern medical facilities. The Nai need to know Jesus and His gospel. They need to be freed from being second-class citizens due to their caste ranking. They need to know that they can repent and become the children of God, members of His kingdom.


Prayer Points

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

Pray that Indian believers would build friendships with the Nai and tell them about the Savior. Pray for a disciple making movement that will bless the Nai people this decade. Ask the Lord to lead the Nai to listen to Christian radio programs in their languages.


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
Population this Country 11,845,000
Population all Countries 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
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
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 Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel website in this language
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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