Nat (Hindu traditions) in India


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

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

* Scripture Prayers for the Nat (Hindu traditions) in India.

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  

Additional Info
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 this Country 577,000
Population all Countries 595,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 12
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
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 22
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
244,000
Madhya Pradesh
130,000
Rajasthan
77,000
Bihar
58,000
Haryana
18,000
Karnataka
13,000
Delhi
6,900
Chhattisgarh
5,800
Maharashtra
5,800
Tamil Nadu
4,800
Punjab
3,000
Gujarat
2,300
Tripura
1,900
Assam
1,700
Jharkhand
1,500
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 22  (only 20 largest shown)
  Uttar Pradesh 244,000
  Madhya Pradesh 130,000
  Rajasthan 77,000
  Bihar 58,000
  Haryana 18,000
  Karnataka 13,000
  Delhi 6,900
  Chhattisgarh 5,800
  Maharashtra 5,800
  Tamil Nadu 4,800
  Punjab 3,000
  Gujarat 2,300
  Tripura 1,900
  Assam 1,700
  Jharkhand 1,500
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (344,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 36
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bhojpuri
46,000
Awadhi
21,000
Marwari
14,000
Malvi
12,000
Kanauji
11,000
Kannada
8,700
Dhundari
7,500
Magahi
5,000
Bundeli
3,900
Mewari
3,700
Bengali
3,600
Punjabi, Eastern
3,500
Tamil
3,500
Chhattisgarhi
3,200
Marathi
3,200
Primary Language Hindi (344,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 36
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bhojpuri 46,000
  Awadhi 21,000
  Marwari 14,000
  Malvi 12,000
  Kanauji 11,000
  Kannada 8,700
  Dhundari 7,500
  Magahi 5,000
  Bundeli 3,900
  Mewari 3,700
  Bengali 3,600
  Punjabi, Eastern 3,500
  Tamil 3,500
  Chhattisgarhi 3,200
  Marathi 3,200
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  (1835-2012)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.09 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.90 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.02 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2022  Anonymous  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Karen Hightower  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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