Nai, Hindu traditions in Nepal






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Main Language


Introduction / History

Two young women stand apart from the crowd at the outdoor market. "Did you hear that the prince's wife is pregnant? My brother heard it when he was giving one of the prince's servants a haircut." "No wonder she's been looking a little chubby lately." The women snicker.

The women are Nai people living in Nepal, and they are noted for their gossip. The Nai are considered to be one of the lower castes, but nevertheless, they are needed by the higher castes. Many of the Nai men are barbers, and sometimes they also perform minor surgeries. The Nai are needed to prepare men for weddings, funerals, and other occasions that require them to have shaved heads. The women often serve the higher castes as midwives. In the past, Nai barbers worked from huts alongside the roads where travelers could stop for a quick trim. Today, many of them have opened small shops in the cities where they can earn up to three times as much as the barbers along the outlying roads. Though most are Hindu, some of the Nai people are Muslims.

Prayer Points

* Pray that the Nai people in the cities and villages will hear the gospel, believe, and spread the word to their friends, neighbors, and even their customers.
* Pray for a great spiritual awakening among the Nai people in Nepal.

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-09-14
People Name General Nai, Hindu traditions
People Name in Country Nai, Hindu traditions
Population in Nepal 117,000
World Population 11,898,000
Countries 4
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Aduthon, Ambattan, Amrewal, Arayavati, Aryavathi, Awadhi, Awadhia, Awari, Bammeru, Banbiro, Banvaru, Bhajanthri, Bhandari, Bhandary, Deshabhandari, Dhanwal, Didhia, Ghaijo, Hadapad, Hajam, Hajjam, Hazam, Jadowal, Jallan, Juvwa, Kaikan, Kaila, Kaith, Kalseru Navaliga, Kanaujia, Karagar, Kawa, Kelashi, Kelasi, Kelasi Mhali, Kelasiga, Khadeer, Khalasi, Khalipha, Khawas, Kodiya, Kshaurak, Kshourika, Kuleen, Kuleen Brahman, Kuleen-Brahman, Mahale, Mangala, Mangali, Matkos, Matwal, Nabhik, Nadig, Nai, Naia, Naipit, Naiya, Naland, Napit, Napitha, Navaliga, Navid, Naya, Nayanaja Kshatriya, Nayeebrahman, Nayinda, Nhavi, Niaria, Ossatha, Osta, Ovachar, Panwar, Panwari, Pariyaliga, Punwari, Raja, Rajaji, Rajwan, Sanmukh, Savitha, Sen Samaj, Shil, Thakur, Ustadji, Valand, Valand Nadig, Varik, Vavdichaksi, Wadhi, Wadhio
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Nai, Hindu traditions
Ethnic Code CNN25n
People ID 17745
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file:  13  (up to 20 largest shown)
Janakpur (29,000) Narayani (27,000) Sagarmatha (19,000) Lumbini (17,000)
Kosi (10,000) Bheri (5,000) Bagmati (4,700) Mechi (3,000)
Gandaki (800) Seti (600) Mahakali (500) Rapti (200)
Dhawalagiri (70)
Total States on file:  13  (up to 20 largest shown)
Janakpur (29,000) Narayani (27,000)
Sagarmatha (19,000) Lumbini (17,000)
Kosi (10,000) Bheri (5,000)
Bagmati (4,700) Mechi (3,000)
Gandaki (800) Seti (600)
Mahakali (500) Rapti (200)
Dhawalagiri (70)
Languages & Dialects on file:  12  (up to 20 largest shown)
Maithili (72,000) Bhojpuri (27,000) Awadhi (11,000) Nepali (4,000)
Hindi (2,300) Angika (600) Magahi (500) Dotyali (200)
Kumaoni (100) Marwari (80) Bantawa (60) Rajbanshi (40)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Maithili 72,000 Bhojpuri 27,000
Awadhi 11,000 Nepali 4,000
Hindi 2,300 Angika 600
Magahi 500 Dotyali 200
Kumaoni 100 Marwari 80
Bantawa 60 Rajbanshi 40
For Primary Language: Maithili

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes
New Testament Yes   (2010)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible: jivən səndesh Text / Printed Matter
God's Story Video Film / Video
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Maithili Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Online Bible text (Scripture Earth) Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Oral Bible stories in Maithili Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.08 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.07 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.84 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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