Nai, Hindu in Nepal







Largest Religion

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Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey

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.

People Name General Nai, Hindu
People Name in Country Nai, Hindu
Population in Nepal 104,000
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Aduthon, Amrewal, Arayavati, Awadhi, Awadhia, Awari, Bammeru, Banbiro, Banvaru, Bhandari, Dhanwal, Didhia, Ghaijo, Hajam, Hajjam, Hazam, Jadowal, Jallan, Juvwa, Kaikan, Kaila, Kaith, Kalseru Navaliga, Kanaujia, Karagar, Kawa, Kelashi, Kelasi, Kelasi Mhali, Khalasi, Khalipha, Khawas, Kshaurak, Kuleen, Kuleen Brahman, Mangala, Matkos, Matwal, Nabhik, Nadig, Naia, Naiya, Naland, Napit, Navaliga, Navid, Naya, Nayeebrahman, Nayinda, Nhavi, Niaria, Ossatha, Osta, Ovachar, Panwar, Panwari, Punwari, Raja, Rajaji, Rajwan, Sanmukh, Sen Samaj, Thakur, Ustadji, Valand, Valand Nadig, Varik, Vavdichaksi, Wadhi, Wadhio
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Nai, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN25n
Country Nepal
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Maithili (51,000) Nepali (32,000) Bhojpuri (25,000) Awadhi (3,700)
Hindi (2,100) Rajbanshi (800) Magar, Eastern (700) Bantawa (600)
Angika (300) Kayort (100) Marwari (80) Bengali (80)
Chamling (50) Panjabi, Eastern (40) Newar (30) Kumaoni (30)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Maithili 51,000 Nepali 32,000
Bhojpuri 25,000 Awadhi 3,700
Hindi 2,100 Rajbanshi 800
Magar, Eastern 700 Bantawa 600
Angika 300 Kayort 100
Marwari 80 Bengali 80
Chamling 50 Panjabi, Eastern 40
Newar 30 Kumaoni 30
Largest Religion Hinduism
0.06%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
Other / Small
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