Nai (Hindu traditions) in India


Population
12,462,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
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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 repent and be the children of God, become 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 12,462,000
World Population 12,619,500
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 250 to 258
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
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 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 32
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
(2,683,000)
Bihar
(1,118,000)
Andhra Pradesh
(1,107,000)
Madhya Pradesh
(1,075,000)
West Bengal
(1,045,000)
Rajasthan
(931,000)
Maharashtra
(861,000)
Tamil Nadu
(618,000)
Gujarat
(537,000)
Telangana
(498,000)
Karnataka
(394,000)
Jharkhand
(354,000)
Haryana
(297,000)
Chhattisgarh
(242,000)
Punjab
(189,000)
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 32  (only 20 largest shown)
  Uttar Pradesh (2,683,000)
  Bihar (1,118,000)
  Andhra Pradesh (1,107,000)
  Madhya Pradesh (1,075,000)
  West Bengal (1,045,000)
  Rajasthan (931,000)
  Maharashtra (861,000)
  Tamil Nadu (618,000)
  Gujarat (537,000)
  Telangana (498,000)
  Karnataka (394,000)
  Jharkhand (354,000)
  Haryana (297,000)
  Chhattisgarh (242,000)
  Punjab (189,000)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (4,874,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 66
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Telugu
(1,533,000)
Bengali
(930,000)
Marathi
(618,000)
Bhojpuri
(523,000)
Tamil
(509,000)
Gujarati
(459,000)
Kannada
(345,000)
Punjabi, Eastern
(200,000)
Marwari
(171,000)
Chhattisgarhi
(164,000)
Awadhi
(155,000)
Dhundari
(146,000)
Kanauji
(136,000)
Maithili
(115,000)
Assamese
(85,000)
People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (4,874,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 66
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Telugu (1,533,000)
  Bengali (930,000)
  Marathi (618,000)
  Bhojpuri (523,000)
  Tamil (509,000)
  Gujarati (459,000)
  Kannada (345,000)
  Punjabi, Eastern (200,000)
  Marwari (171,000)
  Chhattisgarhi (164,000)
  Awadhi (155,000)
  Dhundari (146,000)
  Kanauji (136,000)
  Maithili (115,000)
  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
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Hindi Bible stories
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 Fathers 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)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.26 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
Unknown
Other / Small
0.73 %
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 India census data.  Current values may differ.


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