Nabasakh Nai in India


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

Introduction / History

The Nabasakh are one of the Nai communities of South Asia. Traditionally, Nai peoples were delegated the job of cutting hair and other jobs considered demeaning. Of the five major castes in India (Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya, Shudra and Harijans), the Nai are a sub-caste of the Shudra. The Shudra are the lowest of four caste groupings, but above the outcast/Dalits.


Where Are they Located?

There are an equal number of members of the Nabasakh Nai community in India's state of West Bengal and in Bangladesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Nai communities hold low status because they are hair cutters; anyone working with "dead" materials like hair are given low status. Since Hindu thinking affects even Muslim countries like Bangladesh, the Nai communities have low status there as well as in India. Some Nabasakh Nai people have managed to get out of being barbers so they can potentially earn more money and have higher status.


What Are Their Beliefs?

As Hindus, the Nabasakh Nai people suffer from a great deal of fear of the gods and spirits. They believe that evil spirits cause them harm, so they must be appeased. They have special reverence for Shiva, one of the main Hindu deities, and Sen Ghagat, a saint from their own community. Many Nai worship a regional deity as well.


What Are Their Needs?

The Hindu Nabasakh Nai people in West Bengal need the opportunity for their children to have an adequate education so they can advance beyond their lowly state.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Nai Nabasakh in India.

* Pray that the Nabasakh Nai people in India will find their peace in Jesus and be freed mentally from being second-class citizens due to their caste ranking.
* Pray that the Holy Spirit will call many Nabasakh Nai people to Himself and use them to gossip the gospel to many others in India.
* Pray for a disciple making movement among the Nabasakh Nai people in India.
* Pray for Nabasakh Nai families to be blessed with the presence of Jesus Christ.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/21210/IN
https://peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/nai/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nair
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWCh5M0td1U
http://collections.lib.uwm.edu/cdm/ref/collection/agsphoto/id/25361
https://www.quora.com/How-much-does-a-haircut-at-a-barber-cost-in-Bangladesh
http://www.peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/nai/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nai_(caste)


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Nai Nabasakh
People Name in Country Nai Nabasakh
Natural Name Nabasakh Nai
Population this Country 10,000
Population all Countries 17,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names नई नबासख्
People ID 21210
ROP3 Code 118031
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)
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 1
  West Bengal 10,000
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Bengali (9,400 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Hindi
600
Primary Language Bengali (9,400 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 600
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1832-2016)
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 - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
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 Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
General Bible Visuals
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.
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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