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.
There are an equal number of members of the Nabasakh Nai community in India's state of West Bengal and in Bangladesh.
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.
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.
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.
* 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.
|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|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||नई नबासख्|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||10 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Bengali (9,400 speakers)|
|Language Code||ben Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Bengali
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1801-1984)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|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|