Nair in India


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

Subgroups: 23 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
Maran 390,000
Chakkala 199,000
Tarakan 179,000
Padamangalam 164,000
Vattakadan 137,000
Itacheri 135,000
Kuruvelam 110,000
Surupam 109,000
Vilakuttolai 109,000
Kusavan 61,000

Introduction / History

Nair is the name of an upper Hindu caste from the southern Indian state of Kerala. The Nairs were 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
Throughout the medieval period and until well into the 19th century, the Nairs had a pre-eminent role in Kerala. By the middle of the 19th century, however, this dominance started waning.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The impact of the market economy, the disappearance of traditional military training, the absorption of new values through the education system—all these factors brought about a decline of Nair dominance.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Nairs are Nagas and were Kshatriyas belonging to the Serpent Dynasty (Nagavansham) who removed their sacred thread and migrated south to escape the wrath of a vengeful Parashurama. The affinity of the Nair community towards serpent worship, their martial past, and the absence of the sacred thread lends support to this theory.


What Are Their Needs?

Nair people need the blessings of Jesus Christ, the only one who can offer them abundant life. Nair people have proven to be hostile toward efforts to evangelize them. What are they resisting? Are they resisting the person, Jesus Christ, or are they resisting joining people outside their community?


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Nair in India.

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


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2006-09-28
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-10-07
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-09-30
People Name General Nair
People Name in Country Nair
Population this Country 7,587,000
Population all Countries 7,591,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 152
Alternate Names Naique; Naire; Nairi; Nayammar; Nayar; Nayarangi; Nayre; नायर
People ID 17747
ROP3 Code 113205
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster South Asia Forward Caste - Nair
People Group Nair
Ethnic Code CNN25
Total Subgroups 23 (only 15 largest shown)
  Maran 390,000
  Chakkala 199,000
  Tarakan 179,000
  Padamangalam 164,000
  Vattakadan 137,000
  Itacheri 135,000
  Kuruvelam 110,000
  Surupam 109,000
  Vilakuttolai 109,000
  Kusavan 61,000
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 33
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Kerala
5,936,000
Tamil Nadu
1,318,000
Karnataka
172,000
Maharashtra
68,000
Goa
26,000
Puducherry
24,000
Delhi
12,000
Telangana
8,800
Gujarat
6,700
Andhra Pradesh
4,600
Madhya Pradesh
2,000
Andaman and Nicobar
1,600
West Bengal
1,400
Rajasthan
1,000
Odisha
800
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 33  (only 20 largest shown)
  Kerala 5,936,000
  Tamil Nadu 1,318,000
  Karnataka 172,000
  Maharashtra 68,000
  Goa 26,000
  Puducherry 24,000
  Delhi 12,000
  Telangana 8,800
  Gujarat 6,700
  Andhra Pradesh 4,600
  Madhya Pradesh 2,000
  Andaman and Nicobar 1,600
  West Bengal 1,400
  Rajasthan 1,000
  Odisha 800
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Malayalam (5,130,000 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
Tamil
1,457,000
Konkani
50,000
Tulu
38,000
Kannada
36,000
Konkani, Goan
24,000
English
3,900
Kumbaran
90
Primary Language Malayalam (5,130,000 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
  Tamil 1,457,000
  Konkani 50,000
  Tulu 38,000
  Kannada 36,000
  Konkani, Goan 24,000
  English 3,900
  Kumbaran 90
People Groups Speaking Malayalam

Primary Language:  Malayalam

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1811-1968)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1829-1995)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1841-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
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Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Malayalam
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel resources links
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.19 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.81 %
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 Thachan Makan - Wikimedia  Creative Commons 
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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