Nair in India

Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Nair
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 7,779,000
World Population: 7,783,200
Primary Language: Malayalam
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.19 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Forward Caste - Nair
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Nair is the name of an upper Hindu caste from the southern Indian state of Kerala. The Nairs were a martial nobility, similar to the Samurai of Japan and figure prominently in the history of Kerala. Kalarippayattu (ancient martial art) is associated with the Nairs
Throughout the medieval period and until well into the 19th century, the Nairs had a pre-eminent role in Kerala. By the middle of the 19th century, however, this dominance started waning.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The impact of the market economy, the disappearance of traditional military training, the absorption of new values through the education system—all these factors brought about a decline of Nair dominance.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Nairs are Nagas and were Kshatriyas belonging to the Serpent Dynasty (Nagavansham) who removed their sacred thread and migrated south to escape the wrath of a vengeful Parashurama. The affinity of the Nair community towards serpent worship, their martial past, and the absence of the sacred thread lends support to this theory.

What Are Their Needs?

Nair people need the blessings of Jesus Christ, the only one who can offer them abundant life. Nair people have proven to be hostile toward efforts to evangelize them. What are they resisting? Are they resisting the person, Jesus Christ, or are they resisting joining people outside their community?

Prayer Points

Pray for a spiritual hunger that will give Nair people a willingness to accept the eternal blessings of Jesus Christ.
Pray for a disciple making movement that will bless Nair people this decade.
Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers to Nair people.

Text Source:   Keith Carey