The Nai are a sub-caste of the Shudra (just above the “Untouchables,” one of the five major castes in India). Their name comes from a corrupted form of the Sanskrit term napika (or “one who cleans nails). Hence, the Nai men are barbers. The women, called “Naun,” also work with hair. Many of them own barbershops and salons, but they can have a variety of occupations depending on which part of India they live in. They are also known for being quiet and subservient. Nai women are usually seen as secondary to men.The Nai are Hindu and worship Hindu gods and goddesses. They also have their regional deities and believe in evil spirits who do harm. In the case of a harmful or troublesome spirit, they call a witch doctor for assistance.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
There are no known believers among this group of over 11.8 million. Many of the Nai find their identity in being second-class citizens and servants of people.
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
The Common Table is a community of globally-minded people who want to share the story of hope and salvation through Jesus among the different unreached and unengaged people groups in India.
Visit The Common Table to learn about how you can take part.
Partnership // Move Beyond
Please spend a few minutes in prayer for:
- Pray for the impoverished and lower-class Nai, that God would make His presence known to them and share His love with them.
- Pray churches would be planted as a light in Nai communities.
- Pray for opportunities and creative ways for workers and churches to reach the Nai.