Nai (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh


Population
38,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Hindu Nai people fact two reasons to be discriminated against in Bangladesh. They are Hindus, which puts them at odds with the Muslim majority. To make matters worse for them, they are from a low Hindu caste. Cutting hair or doing anything else which involves bodily functions is considered work for those of low status. This low status applies to them no matter which South Asian country they reside. Some try to make up for it by taking on surnames associated with Brahmins.


Where Are they Located?

The Nai can find work anywhere in Bangladesh where people need haircuts.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Nai are noted for being talkative and good with conversation. Depending on where they work, they might be poor or middle class. Those who work on urban streets do not earn as much as those who work in more prestigious shopping centers. They also perform other services like cleaning ears and helping with sprains.

Some Nai people have stopped being barbers. Most of these take care of livestock or work as carpenters and the like. A few have access to higher education and the opportunities that provides them.


What Are Their Beliefs?

As Hindus, the Nai people suffer from a great deal of fear of the gods and spirits. They believe that evil spirits cause them harm, so they must be appeased. They have reverence for Shiva, one of the main Hindu deities, and Sen Ghagat, a saint from their own community. Many Nai worship a regional deity as well.


What Are Their Needs?

The Hindu Nai people in Bangladesh need the opportunity for their children to have an adequate education so they can advance beyond their lowly state.


Prayer Points

* Pray that the Nai people in Bangladesh will find their peace in Jesus and be freed mentally from being second-class citizens due to their caste ranking.
* Pray that the Holy Spirit will call many Nai people to Himself, and use them to gossip the gospel to many others in Bangladesh.
* Pray for a disciple making movement among the Nai people in Bangladesh and India.


References

(info is only about other countries, but can be generalized)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nair
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWCh5M0td1U
http://collections.lib.uwm.edu/cdm/ref/collection/agsphoto/id/25361
https://www.quora.com/How-much-does-a-haircut-at-a-barber-cost-in-Bangladesh
http://www.peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/nai/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nai_(caste)


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Nai (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Nai (Hindu traditions)
Population in Bangladesh 38,000
World Population 12,261,300
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
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 Brahmin, Kuleen-Brahman, Kuleen-Brahmin, 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, नई (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17745
ROP3 Code 113203
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 6
Largest States
Khulna
(34,000)
Dhaka
(2,900)
Sylhet
(400)
Chittagong
(300)
Rajshahi
(200)
Rangpur
(200)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 6
  Khulna (34,000)
  Dhaka (2,900)
  Sylhet (400)
  Chittagong (300)
  Rajshahi (200)
  Rangpur (200)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (33,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Sylheti
(300)
People Groups Speaking Bengali
Primary Language Bengali (33,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Sylheti (300)
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1809-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Bengali Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video I Am Guilty (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Burning Heart (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous  
Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From Bangladesh census data.  Current values may differ.


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