Nat (Sikh traditions) in India

The Nat (Sikh traditions) have only been reported 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

This is a Scheduled Caste, meaning that they have low status. They are associated with the Bazigar caste of jugglers, but the two communities do not intermarry. Traditionally the Nats were a community of dancers, singers and acrobats. Various stories about their background lists them as coming from Brahmans, Rajputs, and even low castes. These stories contradict one another.


Where Are they Located?

Most of these people are Hindu, but the Sikhs live in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab states.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Today, some of the Nats in Punjab are still dancers, but they are more likely to be poor, landless farm workers. In different states they have different status and duties.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Though most Nat people are Hindu, some practice Sikhism. Sikhism originated from a 15th century teacher named Guru Nanak Dev as a reform movement. He rejected the Hindu-based caste system, taught that all people were equal and that all have equal access to God. The Sikh God is formless, without gender and can be found in everyone. One gets closer to God by living a good life and by practicing charity. Like Hindus, Sikhs believe in reincarnation and the law of karma; you reap what you sow in your previous life. Like Muslims, the Sikhs worship only one God. Sikh teaching mandates that a person not cut his or her hair. They worship their holy book, the Granth Sahib, which is a collection of hymns.

There are roughly the same number of Sikhs as there are Jews in the world, but Sikhs are most concentrated in Punjab, their homeland. However, you will find smaller numbers of Sikhs all over the world.


What Are Their Needs?

The Nat people, be they Hindu or Sikh, need to put their trust in Jesus Christ, the only one who can offer them abundant life to the full.


Prayer Points

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

* Pray for the Nat culture to be renewed and enhanced by a work of the Holy Spirit and shaped into a God-centered and God-honoring mold.
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to move among Nat family and community leaders to seek His face and enjoy His blessings.
* Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers who will be compelled to nurture a disciple making movement among the Nat people.
* Pray that soon the Nat people will have faith that will lead them to live honorable lives that will draw others to the Savior.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat_caste
www.peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/nat/ http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2008/10/13


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Nat (Sikh traditions)
People Name in Country Nat (Sikh traditions)
World Population 1,900
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names नट (सिख ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 20977
ROP3 Code 113645
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 3
Largest States
Punjab
1,400
Uttar Pradesh
500
Haryana
100
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 3
  Punjab 1,400
  Uttar Pradesh 500
  Haryana 100
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (1,300 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Hindi
700
Kumaoni
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (1,300 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 700
  Kumaoni 0
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Eastern

Primary Language:  Punjabi, Eastern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1818-1954)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1815-2011)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1818-2017)
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 Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Eyes of the Heart
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Eastern
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Satsung of the Sadguru Jesus
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Who Can Help You?
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ਪੰਜਾਬੀ - Panjabi
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Other / Small
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
100.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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