Nat (Hindu traditions) in India


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Introduction / History

Nat people prefer to be known as Raj Nat as they claim to have Rajput origins and originate from Rajasthan. They are also called Bhanmati, meaning "something amazing." Nat are classed as a scheduled caste, except in Delhi, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh.


Where Are they Located?

Nat people live in Delhi, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, West Bengal, and Chhattisgarth.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Nat of India are professional dancers, singers and acrobats by tradition.

The low caste position of the Nat means they are denied many benefits except when the government provides them. Their work and semi nomadic lifestyle has caused them to be impoverished.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Nat people are predominantly Hindu. There are many forms of Hinduism with its own deities and beliefs.


What Are Their Needs?

Nat people are no longer considered unreached; however few are known as Christians or evangelicals. They have little if any history of Christianity. Gujarat, Chhattisgarth, and Himachal Pradesh enforce anti-conversion laws which hinder outreach to Nat people with available biblical resources.

They suffer many forms of poverty due to their semi nomadic lifestyle. They need help in getting their medical, educational and vocational needs met.


Prayer Points

* Pray urgently for the Lord to thrust out workers to bring His Word to the Nat people.
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to equip, empower, protect, and guide these laborers to bear fruit that will last: rapidly multiplying disciples and household churches that lead to a church planting movement (CPM).
* Ask the Holy Spirit to raise up harvesters from within the CPM that will be sent out to other unreached people groups until there is no place left in India where Christ is not preached, known, loved, and worshiped.
* Pray that the problems Nat experience will lead them to Jesus Christ.


References

www.peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/nat/


Profile Source:   Karen Hightower  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-10-13
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-08-28
People Name General Nat (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Nat (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 452,000
World Population 470,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 9
Alternate Names Bajania, Bajania Nat, Bajigar, Balija, Bazigar, Bhanmati, Bhanumati, Gulgulia, Kalavanthulu, Kalbelia, Kanphata, Kanphatia, Karnat, Kutchwandh, Nat, Natada, Natavalollu, Nath Jogi, Nathjogi, Nathyogi, Natta, Nattavaru, Nattuvan, Natua, Natuva, Netya, Nut, Parnewala, Rai Nat, Raj Nat, Sanchia, Sapera, Yogi, नट (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17763
ROP3 Code 113224
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Group Nat (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25o
Total Subgroups on file 35
Largest Subgroups
(only 15 largest shown)
Brijbansi
18,000
Rathor
17,000
Gual
10,000
Kalabaz
4,800
Kabutra
3,500
Karnataka
3,500
Jogila
2,600
Mirdha
2,200
Sapera
2,000
Bajania
1,600
Mahawat
1,100
Chhabhayia
900
Pusthia
900
Bhat
800
Bidu
800
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Group Nat (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25o
Total Subgroups 35 (only 15 largest shown)
  Brijbansi 18,000
  Rathor 17,000
  Gual 10,000
  Kalabaz 4,800
  Kabutra 3,500
  Karnataka 3,500
  Jogila 2,600
  Mirdha 2,200
  Sapera 2,000
  Bajania 1,600
  Mahawat 1,100
  Chhabhayia 900
  Pusthia 900
  Bhat 800
  Bidu 800
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 22
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
213,000
Madhya Pradesh
91,000
Rajasthan
49,000
Bihar
43,000
Karnataka
11,000
Haryana
8,500
Delhi
6,800
West Bengal
5,700
Maharashtra
4,600
Chhattisgarh
4,200
Tamil Nadu
4,100
Jharkhand
2,300
Gujarat
2,000
Assam
1,500
Punjab
1,400
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 22  (only 20 largest shown)
  Uttar Pradesh 213,000
  Madhya Pradesh 91,000
  Rajasthan 49,000
  Bihar 43,000
  Karnataka 11,000
  Haryana 8,500
  Delhi 6,800
  West Bengal 5,700
  Maharashtra 4,600
  Chhattisgarh 4,200
  Tamil Nadu 4,100
  Jharkhand 2,300
  Gujarat 2,000
  Assam 1,500
  Punjab 1,400
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (328,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 38
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bhojpuri
27,000
Kanauji
9,000
Marwari
8,900
Kannada
8,700
Awadhi
7,500
Dhundari
6,900
Bengali
6,100
Magahi
5,600
Malvi
5,600
Tamil
3,500
Merwari
3,300
Mewari
3,200
Telugu
3,000
Marathi
2,800
Chhattisgarhi
2,800
Other People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (328,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 38
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bhojpuri 27,000
  Kanauji 9,000
  Marwari 8,900
  Kannada 8,700
  Awadhi 7,500
  Dhundari 6,900
  Bengali 6,100
  Magahi 5,600
  Malvi 5,600
  Tamil 3,500
  Merwari 3,300
  Mewari 3,200
  Telugu 3,000
  Marathi 2,800
  Chhattisgarhi 2,800
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 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 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 Father's 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)
Film / Video The Final Prodigal (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.02 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.96 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.02 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2018  Anonymous  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Karen Hightower  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


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