Dura in Nepal


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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

Dura people inhabit the Lamjun District in the Gandakhi Zone of central Nepal. They were originally a group with their own Tibeto-Burman language. Like the better known Gurungs, the Dura have a military history behind them.
They migrated to their present location at various stages between the 8th and 12th centuries AD. At the time they had a far larger population than they do today. Over the course of the centuries the Dura area has been inundated with Hindus from the south. Gradually they lost the use of their mother tongue and now the Dura can only speak Nepali.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Dura people live like most other rural peoples of Nepal. They grow grain as best they can and raise livestock for milk and meat.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Another part of their identity that is presently undergoing a process of assimilation is their religious belief. For centuries, Buddhism played the dominant role in Dura spiritual life. They lived at the southern end of the Tibetan Buddhist world, but after centuries of pressure from Hindu migrants, many of the Dura's Buddhist practices have now been subsumed into a complicated Hindu- Buddhist mix. The Dura worship many Hindu deities alongside images of Buddha.
The Dura still have lamas who serve the community's Buddhist needs, and most of their birth and funeral rituals are Buddhist in nature. When someone dies, a lama is summoned to 'perform the last rites and they do not do anything without their presence or permission '. It is noteworthy that the Dura go back to their Buddhist roots at times of death. On other important occasions, however, Hindu rituals are performed, especially matrimonial rituals that have been adopted from the Nepalis.


What Are Their Needs?

For more than a thousand years the Dura have been waiting to hear the gospel. In recent years a very small number have believed in Christ, but most of this fascinating group have yet to hear the good news.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Lord to give the Dura people an abundant harvest this year as a testimony of his power and love.
Pray for the few Christians among them to be Christ bearers to their people.
Pray for spiritual hunger and discernment among the Dura people.


Scripture Prayers for the Dura in Nepal.


References

Peoples of the Buddhist World, Asia Harvest, Copyrighted © Used with permission


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Dura
People Name in Country Dura
Alternate Names Duraj; Durra; दूरा
Population this Country 6,200
Population all Countries 10,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 16753
ROP3 Code 112001
ROP25 Code 302233
ROP25 Name Dura
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Approximately 5,000 Dura people inhabit the Lamjun District in the Gandakhi Zone of central Nepal.   Source:  Peoples of the Buddhist World, 2004
Total States on file 6
Largest States
Gandaki
5,100
Narayani
600
Bagmati
300
Lumbini
20
Kosi
20
Seti
10
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Approximately 5,000 Dura people inhabit the Lamjun District in the Gandakhi Zone of central Nepal..   Source:  Peoples of the Buddhist World, 2004
Total States 6
  Gandaki 5,100
  Narayani 600
  Bagmati 300
  Lumbini 20
  Kosi 20
  Seti 10
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
43.99 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
3.06 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
52.85 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.09 %
* From latest Nepal census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Nepali (3,100 speakers)
Language Code npi   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Dura
2,100
Dotyali
Primary Language Nepali (3,100 speakers)
Language Code npi   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Dura 2,100
  Dotyali 10
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)
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Photo Source Jai Dura 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
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