Nair in India

Joshua Project has identified the Nair only in India

Population

6,977,000

Christian

0.23%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Ravivarman Thampi


Introduction / History

Nair is the name of an upper Hindu Caste from the southern Indian state of Kerala. The Nairs were a martial nobility, similar to the Samurai of Japan and figure prominently in the history of Kerala. Kalarippayattu (ancient martial art) is associated with the Nairs

Nairs are Nagas and were Kshatriyas belonging to the Serpent dynasty (Nagavansham) who removed their sacred thread and migrated south to escape the wrath of a vengeful Parashurama. The affinity of the Nair community towards serpent worship, their martial past, and the absence of the sacred thread lends support to this theory.

Throughout the medieval period and until well into the 19th century, the Nairs had a pre-eminent role in Kerala. By the middle of the 19th century, however, this dominance started waning. Institutions like the sambandham and the matrilineal joint family system which had ensured the strength of the Nair community earlier, now became productive of many evils in changing socio-political background of Kerala. The impact of the market economy, the disappearance of traditional military training, the absorption of new values through the new system of education, the self-consciousness being generated among the lower castes and their cry for equality and privileges - all these factors brought about a decline of Nair dominance.




Profile Source: Ravivarman Thampi
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Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country
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People Name General Nair
People Name in Country Nair
ROP3 Code 113205
Joshua Project People ID 17747
Indigenous Yes
Population in India 6,977,000
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names for People Group Naique, Nairi, Nayammar, Nayar, Nayarangi, Nayre,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Malayalam 5,969,612 Tamil 1,039,220 Konkani, Goan 66,530 Tulu 49,100
Kannada 41,580 Konkani 14,130 English 1,545
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Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Malayali
People Name General Nair
Ethnic Code CNN23b
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Largest Religion Hinduism
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
0.23%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
0.00%
Hinduism
99.77%
Islam
0.00%
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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