Nai (Hindu traditions) in India

Nai (Hindu traditions)
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Map Source:  People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Nai (Hindu traditions)
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 11,845,000
World Population: 12,003,800
Primary Language: Hindi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - Nai
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Of the five major castes in India, Nai are a sub-caste of the Shudra. The Shudra are just above the Harijan or the untouchable caste. Nai people groups are located throughout India.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Nai are associated with the barber profession. As they did traditionally, the Nai groom clients, such as cutting hair and nails and provide minor medical services like extracting teeth and setting sprains. They also perform duties in connection with marriage, matchmaking and celebrations. Nai women, called 'Naun', are hairdressers, henna artists and midwives.
A large-scale occupational change is taking place as many Nai take up other trades and professions in modern India. The literacy rate of the Nai is low. Many leave school due to poverty or from a lack of schools or colleges nearby.

The traditional extended family is still common in Nai communities. 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 caste council (panchayat) maintains social control over the community.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Nai are Hindus giving special prominence to regional deities. Nai believe evil spirits, along with local deities, cause trouble and diseases. Community exorcists, witch doctors are common.

What Are Their Needs?

Nai people, particularly women, need to advance economically, medically, and educationally.
They need to know the Lord Jesus and His ways. They need to be mentally freed from being second-class citizens due to their caste ranking. They need to know that they can become the children of God, and part of a special nation serving God instead of man.

Prayer Points

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

Text Source:   Keith Carey