Darjee in Bhutan

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge
* From latest Bhutan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

If you look up "Darjee" in Wikipedia you will learn about Darjeeling tea in West Bengal, India; but you will see nothing about the Darjee people. The same results will happen if you do a Google search. The Darjee people group is also left out of Malony's Peoples of South Asia. The Darjee people are truly a hidden people, unnoticed by anthropologists, sociologists, and cultural geographers. However, they are not unknown to the God who loves them. They are only 30 to 40 percent literate, are low-caste Hindu and Nepali-speaking. Given their low literacy, they use oral methods of communicating rather than the printed word.

Where Are they Located?

Most Darjee people live in Nepal, but many have migrated to India's northeastern states or Bhutan.

What Are Their Lives Like?

A migrant community, the Darjee are sometimes known as Damai. They are non-vegetarian, and rice is their staple cereal. The Darjee women play a significant role in their economy by plucking tea-leaves in tea gardens for wages. The traditional occupation of the Darjee people is tailoring, but they are also noted musicians.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Wherever they live, the Darjee people are Hindus who depend on various gods who cannot help them in their daily lives or transform their communities in a positive way. They regard Kuldevta as their household deity and also worship Vandevta.

What Are Their Needs?

The Darjee people need to be respected and given dignity, since they are a low caste Hindu community. They need to find ways to earn a decent living.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Darjee in Bhutan.

* Pray for the Darjee people to find their hope and dignity in a relationship with Jesus Christ, the only savior.
* Pray for believers to take the gospel to the Darjee people in Bhutan and begin the process of discipling them in the ways of Jesus.
* Pray for a strong Darjee church to emerge in Bhutan, India and Nepal.



Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Darjee
People Name in Country Darjee
Population this Country 1,900
Population all Countries 510,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Charmarla; Damai; Dami; Darzo; Dhamai; Dhami; Dhamin; Dholi; Dosad; Goparia; Gorkha; Karigarh; Karoria; Kurenor; Kurerior; Madhukatta; Master; Shilpakar; Shilpkar; दर्जी
People ID 16664
ROP3 Code 111878
Country Bhutan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 43  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 3
Largest States
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Bhutan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 43  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 3
  Western 1,900
  Eastern 40
  Southern 30
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Nepali (1,900 speakers)
Language Code npi   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Nepali (1,900 speakers)
Language Code npi   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Nepali

Primary Language:  Nepali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1850-1961)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1821-2010)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1914-2012)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Nepali
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video New Way (Naya Goreto)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file from FCBH
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Comic Book Version (SuperBible)
Text / Printed Matter Bible: नेपाली - Nepali
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
6.90 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
93.10 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
* From latest Bhutan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Copyrighted © 2021  Anonymous  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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