Node in India

The Node have only been reported in India
Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge
* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Introduction / History

The Node or Nodi or Nodhi are a small group of nomadic, cattle raisers who live in Gujarat, India near the Pakistan border. Their name means "gift of god." Many of the Node are giving up their traditional occupation and working as landless agricultural laborers. Some are moving to cities to work in factories. Modern India society does not encourage a nomadic lifestyle so the Node are changing to fit the times.

The primary language of the Node is Kachhi. Many also speak Gujarati so they can communicate with their neighbors.

Where Are they Located?

The Node live in Gujarat, a western state of India. Some also live in the country of Pakistan.

What Are Their Lives Like?

It is difficult to write about the lives of the Node because the lives of this Muslim people of west India are changing. Their ancient nomadic life of moving to find water and vegetation for their cattle is ending.

The Node are an endogamous group that encourages marriage within their society. At one time they traveled from place to place seeking water and grass for their cattle. They sold or trades their cattle for the things they needed like clothing, food and shelter.

Being constantly on the move, it was nearly impossible for their children to get more than a minimal education. As they settle down in cities and villages and take regular jobs, their children are beginning to receive the schooling necessary to advance in a prosperous India.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Node are Muslims. They follow the teachings of the Qur 'an and the prophet Muhammad. Their version of Islam is often mixed with folk religion. Muslims attempt to gain the approval of Allah, the Muslim god, though performing rituals and through good works. Muslims see Jesus as a human prophet not as the Son of God.

The two main holidays of the Node are the Muslim festivals of Eid Al-Fitr, the breaking of the month long fast of Ramadan in May or June and Eid Al-Adha, the four-day feast of sacrifice in August of September.

What Are Their Needs?

The Node need to hear the life-changing message of Jesus Christ in a way they can understand. They need help in educating their children and in finding new types employment as their nomadic life disappears.

Prayer Points

Pray that Indian Christians reach out to share the gospel and their lives with the Node.
Pray that the Lord leads Node leaders to be open to the claims of Christ.
Pray that God raises up Bible-believing churches in the Node community.
Pray the Lord leads Christians to pray for the Node.

Scripture Prayers for the Node in India.


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

People Name General Node
People Name in Country Node
Alternate Names Nodhi; Nodi; नोड
Population this Country 4,200
Population all Countries 4,200
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 17789
ROP3 Code 113254
ROP25 Code 306144
ROP25 Name Node
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Gujarat 4,200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Kacchi (3,100 speakers)
Language Code kfr   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Primary Language Kacchi (3,100 speakers)
Language Code kfr   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Gujarati 400
People Groups Speaking Kacchi

Primary Language:  Kacchi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2013)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2010-2013)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kacchi Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source David Kugel 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.

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