Nai (Hindu traditions) in Nepal


Population
115,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Two young women stand apart from the crowd at the outdoor market. "Did you hear that the prince's wife is pregnant? My brother heard it when he was giving one of the prince's servants a haircut." "No wonder she's been looking a little chubby lately." The women snicker.

The women are Nai people living in Nepal, and they are noted for their gossip. The Nai are considered to be one of the lower castes, but nevertheless, they are needed by the higher castes. Many of the Nai men are barbers, and sometimes they also perform minor surgeries. The Nai are needed to prepare men for weddings, funerals, and other occasions that require them to have shaved heads. The women often serve the higher castes as midwives. In the past, Nai barbers worked from huts alongside the roads where travelers could stop for a quick trim. Today, many of them have opened small shops in the cities where they can earn up to three times as much as the barbers along the outlying roads. Though most are Hindu, some of the Nai people are Muslims.


Prayer Points

* Pray that the Nai people in the cities and villages will hear the gospel, believe, and spread the word to their friends, neighbors, and even their customers.
* Pray for a great spiritual awakening among the Nai people in Nepal.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-09-14
People Name General Nai (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Nai (Hindu traditions)
Population in Nepal 115,000
World Population 12,619,500
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 3 to 4
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 Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file 13
Largest States
Janakpur
(28,000)
Narayani
(26,000)
Sagarmatha
(19,000)
Lumbini
(16,000)
Kosi
(10,000)
Bheri
(4,900)
Bagmati
(4,600)
Mechi
(3,000)
Gandaki
(800)
Seti
(600)
Mahakali
(500)
Rapti
(200)
Dhaulagiri
(70)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States 13
  Janakpur (28,000)
  Narayani (26,000)
  Sagarmatha (19,000)
  Lumbini (16,000)
  Kosi (10,000)
  Bheri (4,900)
  Bagmati (4,600)
  Mechi (3,000)
  Gandaki (800)
  Seti (600)
  Mahakali (500)
  Rapti (200)
  Dhaulagiri (70)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Maithili (72,000 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri
(27,000)
Awadhi
(11,000)
Nepali
(4,000)
Hindi
(2,300)
Angika
(600)
Magahi
(500)
Dotyali
(200)
Kumaoni
(100)
Marwari
(80)
Bantawa
(60)
Rajbanshi
(40)
People Groups Speaking Maithili
Primary Language Maithili (72,000 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri (27,000)
  Awadhi (11,000)
  Nepali (4,000)
  Hindi (2,300)
  Angika (600)
  Magahi (500)
  Dotyali (200)
  Kumaoni (100)
  Marwari (80)
  Bantawa (60)
  Rajbanshi (40)
People Groups Speaking Maithili

Primary Language:  Maithili

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament Yes   (2010)
Bible-Complete No
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 Oral Bible stories in Maithili
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Good News (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Maithili
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible: jivən səndesh
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.05 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.08 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.87 %
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 Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From Nepal census data.  Current values may differ.


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