Nai (Hindu traditions) in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Subgroups: 50 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
Sribastab 1,021,000
Gole 214,000
Kanaujia 200,000
Nayinda 124,000
Banbheru 106,000
Bhandari 65,000
Umre 39,000
Ahir Khandeshi 28,000
Sainbhagat 27,000
Konkani Shinde 21,000

Introduction / History

Of the five major castes in India (Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya, Shudra and Harijans), the Nai are a sub-caste of the Shudra. The Shudra are just above the Harijan or the Untouchable caste.


Where Are they Located?

The Nai are located throughout India. Large numbers are in Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. Each Indian region has a different name for the Nai. They are called Raja in Punjab, Kuleen in Himachal Pradesh, Khawas in Rajasthan, Sen Samaj or Napit in Haryana and Nai-Thakur or Savita Samaj in Delhi. Muslim Nai in India are called Hajjam.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Nai are associated with the barber profession. As they did traditionally, the Nai groom clients, such as cutting hair and nails and provide minor medical services like extracting teeth and setting sprains right. They also perform duties in connection with marriage, matchmaking and celebrations. Nai women, called 'Naun', are hairdressers, henna artists and midwives. The Nai are quiet people, which is important to their trade. A large-scale occupational change is taking place with many Nai taking up other trades and professions in modern India.

The diet of the Nai usually consists of wheat, rice, lentil, maize and some seasonal fruit. For those eating meat the occasional fish, mutton or chicken and eggs are part of the menu. Beef is not eaten.

The literacy rate of the Nai is low. Many leave school due to poverty or from a lack of schools or colleges nearby.

The traditional extended family is still common. Sons inherit equal shares in the family property and the eldest succeeds as head of the family. Nai women are secondary in status to males.

A caste council (panchayat) maintains social control over the community.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Nai are Hindus. They give special prominence to their regional deities. The Nai believe in evil spirits who, along with local deities, are believed to cause trouble and diseases. Community exorcists-cum-witch doctors are common.


What Are Their Needs?

The Nai need to advance economically. They need increased access to education, particularly for females. They also need accessible medical facilities.


Prayer Points

The Nai need to know Jesus and His gospel. They need to be mentally freed from being second-class citizens due to their caste ranking. They need to know that they can repent and become the children of God, becoming part of a special nation serving God instead of man.


References

Among the different sources used, the ones below were used the most.
http://goo.gl/rtQte
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nai_%28caste%29
http://peoplegroupsindia.is2c.com/node/332


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-08-22
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-08-15
People Name General Nai (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Nai (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 11,771,000
World Population 11,928,400
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 235
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
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Group Nai (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25n
Total Subgroups 50 (only 15 largest shown)
  Sribastab 1,021,000
  Gole 214,000
  Kanaujia 200,000
  Nayinda 124,000
  Banbheru 106,000
  Bhandari 65,000
  Umre 39,000
  Ahir Khandeshi 28,000
  Sainbhagat 27,000
  Konkani Shinde 21,000
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 34
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
2,535,000
Bihar
1,056,000
Andhra Pradesh
1,046,000
Madhya Pradesh
995,000
West Bengal
988,000
Rajasthan
901,000
Maharashtra
813,000
Tamil Nadu
584,000
Gujarat
492,000
Telangana
466,000
Karnataka
391,000
Jharkhand
332,000
Haryana
281,000
Chhattisgarh
229,000
Punjab
178,000
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 34  (only 20 largest shown)
  Uttar Pradesh 2,535,000
  Bihar 1,056,000
  Andhra Pradesh 1,046,000
  Madhya Pradesh 995,000
  West Bengal 988,000
  Rajasthan 901,000
  Maharashtra 813,000
  Tamil Nadu 584,000
  Gujarat 492,000
  Telangana 466,000
  Karnataka 391,000
  Jharkhand 332,000
  Haryana 281,000
  Chhattisgarh 229,000
  Punjab 178,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (4,910,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 67
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Telugu
1,528,000
Bengali
900,000
Marathi
619,000
Bhojpuri
523,000
Tamil
510,000
Gujarati
460,000
Kannada
366,000
Punjabi, Eastern
208,000
Marwari
178,000
Chhattisgarhi
164,000
Awadhi
155,000
Kanauji
138,000
Dhundari
135,000
Maithili
119,000
Assamese
85,000
Other People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (4,910,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 67
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Telugu 1,528,000
  Bengali 900,000
  Marathi 619,000
  Bhojpuri 523,000
  Tamil 510,000
  Gujarati 460,000
  Kannada 366,000
  Punjabi, Eastern 208,000
  Marwari 178,000
  Chhattisgarhi 164,000
  Awadhi 155,000
  Kanauji 138,000
  Dhundari 135,000
  Maithili 119,000
  Assamese 85,000
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1818-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video A Pilgrimage (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Aasha - Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Coconuts (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Haqeeqat Episode 6 (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
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 Ten Virgins (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Final Prodigal (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.09 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.90 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


Copyright © 2018 Joshua Project.  A ministry of Frontier Ventures.