Nat (Hindu traditions) in India


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Subgroups: 35 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
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

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)
World Population 495,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 10
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 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
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
210,000
Madhya Pradesh
112,000
Bihar
50,000
Rajasthan
49,000
Karnataka
11,000
Haryana
8,400
Delhi
6,700
Maharashtra
5,000
Chhattisgarh
4,200
Tamil Nadu
4,100
Jharkhand
2,300
Gujarat
2,000
Punjab
1,600
Assam
1,500
Uttarakhand
1,300
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 210,000
  Madhya Pradesh 112,000
  Bihar 50,000
  Rajasthan 49,000
  Karnataka 11,000
  Haryana 8,400
  Delhi 6,700
  Maharashtra 5,000
  Chhattisgarh 4,200
  Tamil Nadu 4,100
  Jharkhand 2,300
  Gujarat 2,000
  Punjab 1,600
  Assam 1,500
  Uttarakhand 1,300
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (326,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 39
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bhojpuri
46,000
Awadhi
21,000
Malvi
12,000
Kanauji
11,000
Kannada
8,700
Marwari
7,600
Dhundari
7,000
Magahi
5,400
Bundeli
3,900
Tamil
3,500
Mewari
3,400
Merwari
3,300
Marathi
3,200
Telugu
3,000
Chhattisgarhi
2,700
Primary Language Hindi (326,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 39
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bhojpuri 46,000
  Awadhi 21,000
  Malvi 12,000
  Kanauji 11,000
  Kannada 8,700
  Marwari 7,600
  Dhundari 7,000
  Magahi 5,400
  Bundeli 3,900
  Tamil 3,500
  Mewari 3,400
  Merwari 3,300
  Marathi 3,200
  Telugu 3,000
  Chhattisgarhi 2,700
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
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
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
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.95 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.03 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2019  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
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.