The Nai are a barber caste. In addition to cutting hair they also provide other grooming services, extraction of teeth and setting of sprains. They are also involved with marriage celebrations and matchmaking. The Nai women are employed in jobs very conducive to marriage celebrations, such as hairdressing and application of henna. They can help a person after the wedding as well, since they also serve as midwives. Though these occupations are their tradition, some are beginning to enter more professional and modern careers.
The Nai have a low literacy rate. The gospel must be presented to the Nai families in ways appropriate to oral learners.
As long as people grow hair, they will need it cut and styled. Indian believers making use of Nai services could seek God's leading to persons and houses of peace, where believers can share the truth of the gospel with whole households.
There are few known believers among the Nai. Pray that those Nai who do know Jesus will become effective and fruitful in sharing and discussing Bible stories with their own and other families. Pray that a strong movement to Jesus will bring whole Nai families and communities into a rich experience of God's blessing.
Scripture Prayers for the Nalkadaya in India.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Nalkadaya|
|People Name in Country||Nalkadaya|
|Population this Country||2,900|
|Population all Countries||2,900|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Ajila; Kopala; Nalke; Nalkedaya; Nalkeyava; Nalki; Paner; नालकदाया|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||10 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||4|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Tulu (1,700 speakers)|
|Language Code||tcy Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Tulu
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1847-2020)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Indigitube.tv Video / Animation|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Tulu|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Text / Printed Matter||Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)|