Nayadi in India

The Nayadi have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The name of this people group comes from the word nayattu, meaning "hunting." Once skilled hunters and trappers, modern Nayadis are known as scavengers and beggars. Residing in the Indian states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka, the Nayadis spend their days searching for water and firewood, making ropes, and gathering herbs for sale. Many are reduced to panhandling on city streets.

As members of the Dalit communities, they may accept assistance from higher classes, but cannot return the favor. They are not accepted by caste Hindus. Until fairly recently, the Nayadis were not even allowed to walk the same streets as Brahmins.

Even as they are socially oppressed, they find themselves spiritually oppressed by their belief in the pantheon of Hindu gods. The Nayadis also worship "regional deities" such as Mallan, Malavarhy and Parakutty.

According to the Joshua Project, there are no Christian believers among the Nayadis, nor has there been any active church planting work in the past two years. They are rightly categorized as one of the world's least-reached people groups.


Prayer Points

Pray for laborers to be sent to preach and demonstrate God's love to the Nayadis.
Ask Him to pour out His Spirit, softening hearts and opening eyes that have been blinded by the enemy.
Pray for the God of all comfort to provide relief, meeting their needs for food and clean water.
Ask Him to create in them a hunger for His Bread of Life, a thirst for His Living Water.


Scripture Prayers for the Nayadi in India.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-09-11
People Name General Nayadi
People Name in Country Nayadi
Population this Country 101,000
Population all Countries 101,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Nayattukar; Nayudu; नायड़ि
People ID 17768
ROP3 Code 113229
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 10
Largest States
Gujarat
95,000
Kerala
3,300
Karnataka
700
Dadra and Nagar Have
400
Tamil Nadu
300
Daman and Diu
100
Andhra Pradesh
80
Goa
50
Puducherry
20
Telangana
20
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
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 10
  Gujarat 95,000
  Kerala 3,300
  Karnataka 700
  Dadra and Nagar Have 400
  Tamil Nadu 300
  Daman and Diu 100
  Andhra Pradesh 80
  Goa 50
  Puducherry 20
  Telangana 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Gujarati (74,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
Hindi
7,200
Malayalam
3,300
Kannada
300
Tamil
100
Konkani
100
Marathi
10
Primary Language Gujarati (74,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 7,200
  Malayalam 3,300
  Kannada 300
  Tamil 100
  Konkani 100
  Marathi 10
People Groups Speaking Gujarati

Primary Language:  Gujarati

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1809-1965)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1820-1985)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1823-2021)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
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Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible General / Other
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Creation to Christ Create International
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Gujarati Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
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General Gospel website in this language General / Other
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
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 (Representative photo)
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more