Dom (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh


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Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
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* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Introduction / History

Dom tradition says they were cursed by their gods to a life of poverty for killing a cow. Most live in India, but they also live in other South Asian countries including Bangladesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Day laborers, street musicians and beggars; this doesn't sound like a very meaningful choice of vocations! But these are the choices for the Dom people across India. Dom women are definitely subordinate to the men in society, most often working in the home or supplementing the husband's income by begging. Women do, however, have a role in the ritual and religious spheres. These roles are reinforced by the manner in which Dom children are raised. Education is encouraged for boys but not for girls.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Dom people are committed Hindus, with particular devotion to the gods Baba Ramdeo and Bhainro. The Baba Ramdeo temple in Rajasthan is a major tourist attraction. Along with this devotion, each family worships a deity of its own choice. There are also a significant number of Dom animists who constantly make small animal sacrifices to deter ill luck. There are no more than a few hundred known Christian believers among the Dom population.


What Are Their Needs?

The Dom people need to put their faith, hope and dignity in the capable hands of Jesus Christ.


Prayer Points

Pray for a spiritual breakthrough among the Dom people.
Pray that God would break down centuries-old bondages that keep the Dom people entrapped. Pray that God would use the Dom people to bring others to faith in Christ.


Scripture Prayers for the Dom (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Dom (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Dom (Hindu traditions)
Alternate Names Bansmalik; Bhangi; Bhanjra; Chandel; Dhangad; Dom; Domahra; Domar; Domara; Domba; Domban; Dombar; Dombara; Dombari; Dombo; Dombo Dumna; Dombo. Dumna; Dombu; Dome; Domra; Doom; Doomna; Doris; Dum; Dumar; Dum-Mahasha; Dumna; Duria Dom; Kazhai; Kolhati; Koothadi; Mahasa; Mahasha; Mehtar; Mir Sahib; Mirasi; Murdafarash; Omal; Pano; Rana; Rarash; Shri Sudarshan Samaj; Sikhria; Sri Sudarsham Samaj; डोम (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
Population this Country 30,000
Population all Countries 2,626,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 16734
ROP3 Code 111977
ROP25 Code 302154
ROP25 Name Dom / Domar / Domban
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 6
Largest States
Chittagong
17,000
Rangpur
5,500
Khulna
2,900
Dhaka
2,600
Rajshahi
1,300
Barisal
400
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 6
  Chittagong 17,000
  Rangpur 5,500
  Khulna 2,900
  Dhaka 2,600
  Rajshahi 1,300
  Barisal 400
Website South Asia Peoples
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 Bangladesh census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Chittagonian (15,000 speakers)
Language Code ctg   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Bengali
15,000
Primary Language Chittagonian (15,000 speakers)
Language Code ctg   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Bengali 15,000
People Groups Speaking Chittagonian
Photo Source Sandy Saab - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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