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.
Most of these people are Hindu, but the Sikhs live in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab states.
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.
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.
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.
* 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.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||10 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||3|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Punjabi, Eastern (1,300 speakers)|
|Language Code||pan Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Punjabi, Eastern
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1815-2011)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|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|