Nai (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

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. They have low status, mainly because they have been polluted by “dead” materials, namely hair. The same goes for those who deal with hides and meat.


Where Are they Located?

There are Nai communities in India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh. The greatest number by far live in India.


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. 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.

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 among the Hindu Nai people in Pakistan. Sons inherit equal shares in the family property and the eldest succeeds as head of the family.


What Are Their Beliefs?

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


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

* Scripture Prayers for the Nai (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan.

* Pray for his kingdom to come and his will to be done among the Hindu Nai people in Pakistan.
* Pray for a movement of Hindu Nai households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ.
* Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive Hindu Nai people to the arms of Jesus.
* Pray for workers who are filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit to go to the Nai people.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17745/PK
http://goo.gl/rtQte
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nai_%28caste%29
http://peoplegroupsindia.is2c.com/node/332
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2012/08/15
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2009/08/22


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Nai (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Nai (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation nah-EE
World Population 12,004,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 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 Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 2
Largest States
Sindh
4,000
Punjab
3,800
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 2
  Sindh 4,000
  Punjab 3,800
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Saraiki (51,000 speakers)
Language Code skr   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Sindhi
3,100
Punjabi, Western
200
Marwari
60
Kacchi
20
Primary Language Saraiki (51,000 speakers)
Language Code skr   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Sindhi 3,100
  Punjabi, Western 200
  Marwari 60
  Kacchi 20
People Groups Speaking Saraiki

Primary Language:  Saraiki

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1898-2009)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Saraiki
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
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 %
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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