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Nair in Sri Lanka


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
4,200 Tamil Hinduism 0.51 % Unknown   

Nair in Sri Lanka

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Introduction / History
The Nairs were once 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.

Nairs were Kshatriyas (Hinduism's second highest caste) belonging to the Serpent Dynasty (Nagavansham) who removed their sacred thread and migrated south to escape the wrath of a vengeful Parashurama, an avatar of the prominent Hindu god Vishnu. The affinity of the Nair community towards serpent worship, their martial past, and the absence of the sacred thread lends support to this theory.

Throughout the medieval period and until well into the 19th century, the Nairs had a pre-eminent role in Kerala, a state in southern India. By the middle of the 19th century, however, this dominance started waning. Institutions like the sambandham and the matrilineal joint family system which had ensured the strength of the Nair community earlier, now became productive of many evils in changing socio-political background of Kerala. The impact of the market economy, the disappearance of traditional military training, the absorption of new values through the new system of education, and their cry for equality and privileges - all these factors brought about a decline of Nair dominance.

Where are they located?
The Nair people are most prominent in the southern Indian state of Kerala, but a small number live in Sri Lanka.

What are their lives like?
They have retained status as part of Hinduism's high Kshatrya caste. Today members of the Nair caste don't all follow one profession or business. They represent such diverse occupations as traders, artisans, oil-mongers, barbers, and washer men. But many still carry arms with them at all times.

What are their beliefs?
Traditionally their form of Hinduism included the worship of snakes. They are all Hindus whose main object of worship is Vishnu but who also wear the mark of the god Shiva on their foreheads.

What are their needs?
A hunger for high status coupled with devotion to a religious system rather than to a Savior can potentially keep these Hindus away from Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points
Pray for workers to go to the Nair people in Sri Lanka, and for their hearts to be ready to receive their Savior.
Pray for networks of believing Nair families and fellowships that will throw the doors open for others to follow Jesus.
Pray for the Lord to bless the families among the Nair people with his presence and mercy.
Pray for Bible believing fellowships and churches among the Nair people.


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Country: Sri Lanka
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:4,200
Largest Provinces:
Central (2,200)Eastern (700)
Northern (400)Sabaragamuwa (300)
Western (300)Uva (200)
North Western (40)Southern (40)
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People Name in Country: Nair
People Name General: Nair
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 113205
Joshua Project People ID: 17747
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 4,200
Population all Countries: 7,721,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Forward Caste - Nair
People Name General: Nair
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Tamil
Language Code (ISO): tam    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Malayalam (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.51 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.49 % 
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]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1714-1956
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1727-2021
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsGeneral Ministry Resources
Audio RecordingsLove letter to you from scripture
Audio RecordingsOnline Audio Scripture
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
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Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsRecorded oral Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Tamil
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralComprehensive list of Tamil Resources
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralZume Resources
GeneralZume Training
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
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Text / Printed MatterBible: Tamil
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Tamil
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Nair in Sri Lanka

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    South Asia Forward Caste - Nair     Asia, South    
      Nair Sri Lanka    
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