Nalkadaya in India

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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Nalkadaya
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 3,400
World Population: 3,400
Primary Language: Tulu
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: New Testament
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:


The Nai are a barber caste. In addition to cutting hair they also provide other grooming services, extraction of teeth and setting of sprains. They are also involved with marriage celebrations and matchmaking. The Nai women are employed in jobs very conducive to marriage celebrations, such as hairdressing and application of henna. They can help a person after the wedding as well, since they also serve as midwives. Though these occupations are their tradition, some are beginning to enter more professional and modern careers.

Ministry Obstacles

The Nai have a low literacy rate. The gospel must be presented to the Nai families in ways appropriate to oral learners.

Outreach Ideas

As long as people grow hair, they will need it cut and styled. Indian believers making use of Nai services could seek God's leading to persons and houses of peace, where believers can share the truth of the gospel with whole households.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are few known believers among the Nai. Pray that those Nai who do know Jesus will become effective and fruitful in sharing and discussing Bible stories with their own and other families.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray that a strong movement to Jesus will bring whole Nai families and communities into a rich experience of God's blessing.

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