Nair in India


Joshua Project has identified the Nair only in India

Population

6,606,000

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2006-09-28
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-10-07
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-09-30
People Name General Nair
People Name in Country Nair
Population in India 6,606,000
World Population 6,606,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Naique, Naire, Nairi, Nayammar, Nayar, Nayarangi, Nayre
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Malayali
People Name General Nair
Ethnic Code CNN23b
People ID 17747
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  35  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kerala (5,033,000) Tamil Nadu (1,294,000) Karnataka (143,000) Maharashtra (53,000)
Goa (21,000) Pondicherry (19,000) Delhi (14,000) Gujarat (7,800)
Telangana (7,800) Andhra Pradesh (3,800) Madhya Pradesh (1,700) Andaman and Nicobar (1,500)
West Bengal (1,300) Odisha (1,000) Rajasthan (1,000) Jammu and Kashmir (600)
Chhattisgarh (500) Chandigarh (400) Uttar Pradesh (400) Haryana (400)
Total States on file:  35  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kerala (5,033,000) Tamil Nadu (1,294,000)
Karnataka (143,000) Maharashtra (53,000)
Goa (21,000) Pondicherry (19,000)
Delhi (14,000) Gujarat (7,800)
Telangana (7,800) Andhra Pradesh (3,800)
Madhya Pradesh (1,700) Andaman and Nicobar (1,500)
West Bengal (1,300) Odisha (1,000)
Rajasthan (1,000) Jammu and Kashmir (600)
Chhattisgarh (500) Chandigarh (400)
Uttar Pradesh (400) Haryana (400)
Languages & Dialects on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Malayalam (5,044,000) Tamil (1,317,000) Konkani, Goan (58,000) Tulu (37,000)
Kannada (34,000) Konkani (13,000) English (5,600)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Malayalam 5,044,000 Tamil 1,317,000
Konkani, Goan 58,000 Tulu 37,000
Kannada 34,000 Konkani 13,000
English 5,600

For Main Lanugage: Malayalam


Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1811-1968)
New Testament Yes   (1829-1995)
Complete Bible Yes   (1841-2004)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Gateway Scripture Text / Printed Matter
Bible Visuals General
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Audio Recordings
Following Jesus (India) Film / Video
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Malayalam Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture (Talking Bibles) Audio Recordings
Oral Bible Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.23 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.77 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: India Missions Association   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Ravivarman Thampi  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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