Darzi (Hindu traditions) in Nepal


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

Introduction / History

The Darzi originally lived in Central Asia and migrated to India long ago. An Indian legend says that the god Parasurama was pursuing two brothers to destroy them and they found haven in a Hindu temple. A priest hid them and gave one brother the task of sewing dresses and the other dyeing cloth. The Darzi are said to be the descendants of the first brother and therefore, Darzis are most commonly tailors. Though the majority are Hindu, about one-third have converted to Islam.


Where Are they Located?

Uttar Pradesh has the largest population of Darzis, but there are sizable populations in several states of India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Typically, Darzis work in cities and towns practicing their trade of dying, sewing, and making clothing. They sell their clothes in shops and in village markets. Some of them sell ready-made clothes. Darzi women are very adept at embroidery.

They are endogamous, that is, they marry within their group. Darzi young people marry as adults. Monogamy or marriage to one spouse is the general rule while polygamy is accepted. Families often arrange marriages to cement clan ties.

Darzis occupy a middle ground of social status. As tailors they enjoy close relations with other tradesmen. Girls are not encouraged to get an education. Boys strive to obtain a higher education. When they do, they often rise above the status of a tailor.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Because of the Darzi's openness to business and upward social status, there is a great opportunity to offer outside assistance to develop new markets and ways to help them grow their businesses. Pray that the church can love the Darzi people like God does, enough to offer micro loans and other development programs.


What Are Their Needs?

Most Darzi are Hindu, the predominant religion of India, but many are Muslim. Many of them are part of the Namdev Sect, which was founded in the 12th or 13th century by a tailor. The Hindus often worship Shiva, Shakti, Kali, Durga, Chandi, and Bhawani. Like other business communities, they are fond of Ganesh, the god who helps one overcome obstacles. Ganesh is especially important to a Darzi who is starting a business since he offers an auspicious start. Darzis often bow to their tools at the beginning of the work day to ensure a profitable day. Like other Hindus they make pilgrimages to holy Hindu temples and shrines. They celebrate the major Hindu holidays of Holi, the spring and color festival, Dwali, the festival of lights and Janamashtami, Krishna's birthday.


Prayer Points

Pray for workers to go to the Darzi people, and for their hearts to be ready to receive their Savior.
Pray for networks of believing families and fellowships that will throw the doors open for others to follow Jesus.
Pray for the Lord to bless the families among the Darzi communities with His presence and mercy.
Pray for believers among this people group to disciple others who will disciple still others.
Pray for Bible believing fellowships and churches among the Hindu and Muslim Darzi people.


Scripture Prayers for the Darzi (Hindu traditions) in Nepal.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17513/IN
https://peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/darzi/
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2014/10/08
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darzi
https://ipfs.io/ipfs/QmXoypizjW3WknFiJnKLwHCnL72vedxjQkDDP1mXWo6uco/wiki/Darzi.html


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Darzi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Darzi (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation DAR-zee
Population this Country 8,400
Population all Countries 2,474,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Auji; Bhavasar Kshatriya; Bhavsar Kshatriya; Chhipa; Chippi; Chippollu; Darji; Darzi; Gujarati Darzi; Idrasi; Idrisi; Idrissi; Khayyat; Lilari; Lilgar; Mavi; Mera; Merais; Merh Rajput; Mirai; Namdeo Shimpi; Namdev; Namdev Shimpi; Namdev Simpi; Nangdev; Nilari; Nurang; Pipavasi; Rangari; Sai; Sai Sutar; Sais; Shilpakar; Shilpkar; Shimpi; Simpi; Suis; Suji; Sujji; Thalavadi; दर्ज़ी (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16673
ROP3 Code 111889
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 12
Largest States
Lumbini
2,200
Seti
1,200
Narayani
1,100
Janakpur
1,000
Bheri
1,000
Mahakali
700
Bagmati
400
Sagarmatha
300
Gandaki
200
Kosi
100
Rapti
100
Mechi
20
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 12
  Lumbini 2,200
  Seti 1,200
  Narayani 1,100
  Janakpur 1,000
  Bheri 1,000
  Mahakali 700
  Bagmati 400
  Sagarmatha 300
  Gandaki 200
  Kosi 100
  Rapti 100
  Mechi 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Maithili (2,100 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
Awadhi
2,000
Bhojpuri
1,200
Nepali
1,000
Dotyali
600
Hindi
500
Kumaoni
200
Primary Language Maithili (2,100 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
  Awadhi 2,000
  Bhojpuri 1,200
  Nepali 1,000
  Dotyali 600
  Hindi 500
  Kumaoni 200
People Groups Speaking Maithili

Primary Language:  Maithili

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1986-2010)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Good News
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Maithili
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Gospel resources links
General Gospel website in this language
General Zúme Training
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Maithili
Text / Printed Matter Children and youth resources
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Maithili
Text / Printed Matter The Ancient Path
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Nepal census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more