Nai, Hindu in Nepal






Largest Religion

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
People Name in Country Nai, Hindu
Population in Nepal 113,000
World Population 11,400,000
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
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 (20,000) Lumbini (18,000)
Kosi (10,000) Bheri (4,400) Mechi (3,100) Bagmati (2,800)
Rapti (1,400) Seti (1,100) Mahakali (400) Gandaki (400)
Dhawalagiri (10)
Total States on file:  13  (up to 20 largest shown)
Janakpur (29,000) Narayani (27,000)
Sagarmatha (20,000) Lumbini (18,000)
Kosi (10,000) Bheri (4,400)
Mechi (3,100) Bagmati (2,800)
Rapti (1,400) Seti (1,100)
Mahakali (400) Gandaki (400)
Dhawalagiri (10)
Languages & Dialects on file:  12  (up to 20 largest shown)
Maithili (69,000) Bhojpuri (29,000) Nepali (13,000) Awadhi (3,300)
Hindi (1,100) Angika (600) Magahi (500) Kumaoni (100)
Marwari (80) Bantawa (60) Dotyali (40) Rajbanshi (40)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Maithili 69,000 Bhojpuri 29,000
Nepali 13,000 Awadhi 3,300
Hindi 1,100 Angika 600
Magahi 500 Kumaoni 100
Marwari 80 Bantawa 60
Dotyali 40 Rajbanshi 40

For Main Lanugage: Maithili

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