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Nadar in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
4,243,000 Tamil Hinduism 29.88 % Unknown   

Nadar in India

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Introduction / History
The Nadar in India are found in a few places in India. They have birth and marriage observances and they bury and cremate their dead.

The Nadar in Tamil Nadu like cross-cousin marriages. Divorce and widows marrying again is forbidden. On the death of the father, property is shared among the sons and the oldest son becomes in charge of the house. Women work to help the family. The Nadar of Tamil Nadu work in agriculture. Some do office work. They have caste councils to judge in local matters. Hinduism is their main religion but some are Christians. They are well educated.

In Kerala, the Nadar marry within their own group with cross cousin marriages being favored. Marriages are among adults. Divorcees and the bereaved can marry again. Men and women claim inheritance with the oldest son becoming in charge of the home. The Nadar in Kerala are mostly laborers. They are Hindus. Boys and girls are educated. They use traditional and modern medicines.

The Nadar in Pondicherry speak, read and write in Tamil and work as toddy tappers, meaning they collect sap from certain palm trees for use in an alcoholic beverage. There are businessmen among them. They eat pork and as a cereal they eat rice. Divorce and marrying again are permitted. There is male inheritance and the oldest son becomes in charge of the home. The women work in agriculture as well as doing the housework.

The Nadar in Mumbai speak Tamil, Hindi and Marathi. They marry within their own group and have arranged adult marriages. There are some Christians among them. The elders judge in disagreements. Some work in business and others as laborers or in office work. Boys and girls are educated and they do modern family planning.

Prayer Points
* Pray that God gives the Nadar dreams and visions leading them to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that Gospel materials will lead them to Salvation too.

Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999

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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: South Asia
Persecution Rank:15 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:4,243,000
Largest States:
Tamil Nadu (2,683,000)Kerala (1,415,000)
Karnataka (88,000)Maharashtra (18,000)
Puducherry (10,000)Delhi (8,800)
Telangana (5,800)Goa (3,800)
Gujarat (2,000)Andhra Pradesh (1,500)
Total States on file:30
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Nadar
People Name General: Nadar
Alternate People Names:
MararNadar Christian
ShananarTorke Nadar
Uppu Nadarनादर
ROP3 Code: 113193
Joshua Project People ID: 17735
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 4,243,000
Population all Countries: 4,278,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Tamil
People Name General: Nadar
Ethnic Code: CNN23c
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Tamil (2,826,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tam    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Malayalam (1,423,000)English (17,000)
Konkani, Goan (7,100)Tulu (6,900)
Konkani (3,400)Kannada (3,100)
Kodava (400)
Total Languages: 8
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity29.88 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism70.12 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have only a very small representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 5   Greater than or equal to 5% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1714-1956
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1727-2002
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsFathers Love Letter
Audio RecordingsGeneral Ministry Resources
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGeneral Ministry Resources
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Tamil
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible
Text / Printed MatterBible: Old Version Bible
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Nadar in India

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    Tamil     South Asia    
      Nadar India    
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