Nat (Muslim traditions) in India


Population
137,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Nat or Nut peoples name is derived from the Sanskrit word nata which means 'dancer'. They are a traditional occupational caste known for dancing and singing. The Nat have a generally lower caste status or in some states of India they are a Scheduled Caste. The Nat Muslim can be found in north India by the names Nar, Naitak or Natak, though a large majority of the Nat are Hindus. About 25% of Nat are Muslims.


What Are Their Lives Like?

As traditional dancers and acrobats that are often semi-nomadic, the Nat Muslims can still be found in acrobatic events and as singers, dancers or unskilled labourers. Men and women are known to sing and play the flute or dholak. Tattooing is common for women especially on the forehead. The Nat Muslims of Nepal speak Bhojpuri and Nepali. The Nat follow Sunni Muslim traditions and are non-vegetarian. They can be given in child marriages and nuclear families can be more common than extended families among them. The Nat Muslims tend to have a very low literacy rate.


What Are Their Needs?

It is possible that the Nat Muslim in the lower castes would be open to the Gospel but very few have ever tried and even fewer have worked with the Nat Muslim of Nepal! Small business development and micro loans could likely be a big encouragement to this entrepreneurial people group.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Nat (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Nat (Muslim traditions)
Population in India 137,000
World Population 166,100
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 3 to 4
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Bajania, Bajania Nat, Bazigar, Bhanumati, Dapad, Gulgulia, Kalbelia, Karnat, Kutchwandh, Nut, Parnewala, Rai Nat, Sanchia, Sapela, Sapera, Sapera muslim, नट (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17631
ROP3 Code 113067
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 8
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
(101,000)
Bihar
(17,000)
Madhya Pradesh
(12,000)
Uttarakhand
(4,800)
Jharkhand
(1,300)
West Bengal
(500)
Rajasthan
(100)
Odisha
(60)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 8
  Uttar Pradesh (101,000)
  Bihar (17,000)
  Madhya Pradesh (12,000)
  Uttarakhand (4,800)
  Jharkhand (1,300)
  West Bengal (500)
  Rajasthan (100)
  Odisha (60)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Urdu (118,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 11
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri
(13,000)
Maithili
(1,900)
Bengali
(900)
Awadhi
(700)
Bundeli
(600)
Garhwali
(600)
Magahi
(300)
Merwari
(100)
Dhundari
(100)
Odia
(30)
People Groups Speaking Urdu
Primary Language Urdu (118,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 11
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri (13,000)
  Maithili (1,900)
  Bengali (900)
  Awadhi (700)
  Bundeli (600)
  Garhwali (600)
  Magahi (300)
  Merwari (100)
  Dhundari (100)
  Odia (30)
People Groups Speaking Urdu

Primary Language:  Urdu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1747-1894)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1758-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1843-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
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World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Easy to Read (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Pakistan Bible Society (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Audio Recordings Urdu Bible stories
Audio Recordings Urdu Online Audio Bible
Film / Video A Gathering of the Followers of Isa (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Urdu
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Greatest Sacrifice (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
Unknown
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Isudas   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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