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Nayadi in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
101,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Nayadi in India

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Introduction / History
The name of this people group comes from the word nayattu, meaning "hunting." Once skilled hunters and trappers, modern Nayadis are known as scavengers and beggars. Residing in the Indian states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka, the Nayadis spend their days searching for water and firewood, making ropes, and gathering herbs for sale. Many are reduced to panhandling on city streets.

As members of the Dalit communities, they may accept assistance from higher classes, but cannot return the favor. They are not accepted by caste Hindus. Until fairly recently, the Nayadis were not even allowed to walk the same streets as Brahmins.

Even as they are socially oppressed, they find themselves spiritually oppressed by their belief in the pantheon of Hindu gods. The Nayadis also worship "regional deities" such as Mallan, Malavarhy and Parakutty.

According to the Joshua Project, there are no Christian believers among the Nayadis, nor has there been any active church planting work in the past two years. They are rightly categorized as one of the world's least-reached people groups.

Prayer Points
Pray for laborers to be sent to preach and demonstrate God's love to the Nayadis.
Ask Him to pour out His Spirit, softening hearts and opening eyes that have been blinded by the enemy.
Pray for the God of all comfort to provide relief, meeting their needs for food and clean water.
Ask Him to create in them a hunger for His Bread of Life, a thirst for His Living Water.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2008-09-11
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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:10 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:101,000
Largest States:
Gujarat (95,000)Kerala (3,300)
Karnataka (700)Dadra and Nagar Haveli (400)
Tamil Nadu (300)Daman and Diu (100)
Andhra Pradesh (80)Goa (50)
Puducherry (20)Telangana (20)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Nayadi
People Name General: Nayadi
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 113229
Joshua Project People ID: 17768
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 101,000
Population all Countries: 101,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Nayadi
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Gujarati (74,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): guj    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Hindi (7,200)Malayalam (3,300)
Kannada (300)Tamil (100)
Konkani (100)Marathi (10)
Total Languages: 7
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism100.00 % 
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
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1809-1965
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1823-2021
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 RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture / Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoCreation to Christ
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Gujarati
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralZume Resources
GeneralZume Training
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible: Gujarati
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Gujarati
Text / Printed MatterLove letter to you from scripture
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
Text / Printed MatterTopical Scripture booklets and Bible stu ...
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Nayadi in India

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      Nayadi India    
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