Nair in India

Joshua Project has identified the Nair only in India
Population
7,064,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Nair is the name of an upper Hindu Caste from the southern Indian state of Kerala. The Nairs were a martial nobility, similar to the Samurai of Japan and figure prominently in the history of Kerala. Kalarippayattu (ancient martial art) is associated with the Nairs

Nairs are Nagas and were Kshatriyas belonging to the Serpent dynasty (Nagavansham) who removed their sacred thread and migrated south to escape the wrath of a vengeful Parashurama. The affinity of the Nair community towards serpent worship, their martial past, and the absence of the sacred thread lends support to this theory.

Throughout the medieval period and until well into the 19th century, the Nairs had a pre-eminent role in Kerala. By the middle of the 19th century, however, this dominance started waning. Institutions like the sambandham and the matrilineal joint family system which had ensured the strength of the Nair community earlier, now became productive of many evils in changing socio-political background of Kerala. The impact of the market economy, the disappearance of traditional military training, the absorption of new values through the new system of education, the self-consciousness being generated among the lower castes and their cry for equality and privileges - all these factors brought about a decline of Nair dominance.


Profile Source:   Ravivarman Thampi  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2006-09-28
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-10-07
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-09-30
People Name General Nair
People Name in Country Nair
Population in India 7,064,000
World Population 7,064,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 142 to 147
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Naique, Naire, Nairi, Nayammar, Nayar, Nayarangi, Nayre, नायर
People ID 17747
ROP3 Code 113205
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 33
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Kerala
(5,372,000)
Tamil Nadu
(1,391,000)
Karnataka
(156,000)
Maharashtra
(58,000)
Goa
(24,000)
Puducherry
(21,000)
Delhi
(14,000)
Telangana
(8,000)
Gujarat
(6,100)
Andhra Pradesh
(4,000)
Madhya Pradesh
(1,900)
Andaman and Nicobar
(1,400)
West Bengal
(1,300)
Rajasthan
(1,000)
Odisha
(900)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 33  (only 20 largest shown)
  Kerala (5,372,000)
  Tamil Nadu (1,391,000)
  Karnataka (156,000)
  Maharashtra (58,000)
  Goa (24,000)
  Puducherry (21,000)
  Delhi (14,000)
  Telangana (8,000)
  Gujarat (6,100)
  Andhra Pradesh (4,000)
  Madhya Pradesh (1,900)
  Andaman and Nicobar (1,400)
  West Bengal (1,300)
  Rajasthan (1,000)
  Odisha (900)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Malayalam (5,139,000 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
Tamil
(1,366,000)
Konkani
(50,000)
Tulu
(37,000)
Kannada
(36,000)
Konkani, Goan
(24,000)
English
(5,500)
People Groups Speaking Malayalam
Primary Language Malayalam (5,139,000 speakers)
Language Code mal   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
  Tamil (1,366,000)
  Konkani (50,000)
  Tulu (37,000)
  Kannada (36,000)
  Konkani, Goan (24,000)
  English (5,500)
People Groups Speaking Malayalam

Primary Language:  Malayalam

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1811-1968)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1829-1995)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1841-2004)
Bible-NT Audio 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 Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Malayalam
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible Gateway Scripture
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.25 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.75 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Joshua Project  Creative Commons  Used with permission
Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source Ravivarman Thampi  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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