Nat, Muslim in Nepal

Population

740

Christian

0.00%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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Introduction / History

The Nat or Nut peoples name is derived from the Sanskrit word nata which means 'dancer'. They are a traditional occupational caste known for dancing and singing. The Nat have a generally lower caste status or in some states of India they are a Scheduled Caste. The Nat Muslim can be found in north India by the names Nar, Naitak or Natak, though a large majority of the Nat are Hindus. About 25% of Nat are Muslims.


What are Their Lives Like?

As traditional dancers and acrobats that are often semi-nomadic, the Nat Muslims can still be found in acrobatic events and as singers, dancers or unskilled labourers. Men and women are known to sing and play the flute or dholak. Tattooing is common for women especially on the forehead. The Nat Muslims of Nepal speak Bhojpuri and Nepali. The Nat follow Sunni Muslim traditions and are non-vegetarian. They can be given in child marriages and nuclear families can be more common than extended families among them. The Nat Muslims tend to have a very low literacy rate.


What are Their Needs?

It is possible that the Nat Muslim in the lower castes would be open to the Gospel but very few have ever tried and even fewer have worked with the Nat Muslim of Nepal! Small business development and micro loans could likely be a big encouragement to this entrepreneurial people group.




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Country Nepal
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country
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People Name General Nat, Muslim
People Name in Country Nat, Muslim
ROP3 Code 113067
Joshua Project People ID 17631
Indigenous Yes
Population in Nepal 740
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names for People Group Bajania, Bajania Nat, Bazigar, Bhanumati, Gulgulia, Kalbelia, Karnat, Kutchwandh, Parnewala, Rai Nat, Sanchia, Sapera,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bhojpuri 340 Nepali 220 Urdu 140 Maithili 60
Awadhi 40
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Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Urdu Muslim
People Name General Nat, Muslim
Ethnic Code CNN25r
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Largest Religion Islam
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
0.00%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
0.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
100.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
0.00%
Protestant
0.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
0.00%
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