Dom (Sikh traditions) in India

The Dom (Sikh traditions) have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

Day laborers, street musicians and beggars; this doesn't sound like a very meaningful choice of vocations! These are the vocations that most Dom people have. Dom tradition says they were cursed by their gods to a life of poverty for killing a cow. Most are still Hindus like their ancestors, but a small number are Sikhs.


Where Are they Located?

Though the Hindu Doms are scattered all over India the Sikhs among them are either in Punjab or Jammu & Kashmir.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Dom women are definitely subordinate to the men in society, most often working in the home or supplementing the husband's income by begging. Education is encouraged for boys, but not for girls.

A welcome relief from the realities of daily poverty for the Dom people is their artistic expression through music, poetry and dance. With a rich oral tradition, and a desire to recount the history of their people, there is never a lack of stories to tell.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Dom people are either Muslim or Hindu, but some are Sikhs. Sikhism originated from a 15th century teacher named Guru Nanak Dev as a reform movement. He rejected the Hindu caste system, taught that all people were equal and that all have equal access to God. The Sikh God is formless, without gender and is to be found in everyone. One gets closer to God by living a good life and by practicing charity. Like Hindus, Sikhs believe in reincarnation and the law of karma; you reap what you sow in your previous life. Like Muslims, the Sikhs worship only one God.

One may recognize a Sikh man by his distinctive turban. All the 10 great Sikh gurus wore turbans. Sikh teaching mandates that a person not cut his or her hair. They worship their holy book, the Granth Sahib, which is a collection of hymns.

There are roughly the same number of Sikhs as there are Jews in the world, but Sikhs are most concentrated in Punjab, their homeland. However, you will find smaller numbers of Sikhs all over the world. Many of the best Indian restaurants in the West are owned and operated by Sikhs.


What Are Their Needs?

Whether they are Hindu or Sikh, Dom people need to have the chance to put their trust in the One who created the heavens and the earth and gives us life to the full.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Dom (Sikh traditions) in India.

* Pray for the Dom culture to be renewed and enhanced by a work of the Holy Spirit and shaped into a God-centered and God-honoring mold.
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to move among Sikh Dom family and community leaders to seek His face and enjoy His blessings.
* Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers who will be compelled to nurture a disciple making movement among the Dom people.
* Pray that soon the Dom people will have faith that will lead them to live honorable lives that will draw others to the Savior.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/16734/IN
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2009/08/14
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2008/09/25


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Dom (Sikh traditions)
People Name in Country Dom (Sikh traditions)
World Population 13,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Doom; Doomna; Dum; Dumna; Mahasha; Mir Sahib; Mirasi; Rana; डोम (सिख ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 18067
ROP3 Code 113567
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 9
Largest States
Punjab
8,700
Himachal Pradesh
3,300
Haryana
600
Jammu and Kashmir
500
Delhi
90
Jharkhand
50
Uttar Pradesh
20
Chandigarh
10
Uttarakhand
10
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 9
  Punjab 8,700
  Himachal Pradesh 3,300
  Haryana 600
  Jammu and Kashmir 500
  Delhi 90
  Jharkhand 50
  Uttar Pradesh 20
  Chandigarh 10
  Uttarakhand 10
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (7,900 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
Hindi
3,300
Kangri
700
Mandeali
400
Dogri
300
Pahari, Mahasu
200
Bilaspuri
100
Churahi
100
Chambeali
80
Haryanvi
60
Sirmauri
50
Bhattiyali
30
Punjabi, Western
20
Bagri
20
Garhwali
20
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (7,900 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 3,300
  Kangri 700
  Mandeali 400
  Dogri 300
  Pahari, Mahasu 200
  Bilaspuri 100
  Churahi 100
  Chambeali 80
  Haryanvi 60
  Sirmauri 50
  Bhattiyali 30
  Punjabi, Western 20
  Bagri 20
  Garhwali 20
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Eastern

Primary Language:  Punjabi, Eastern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1818-1954)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1815-2011)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1818-2017)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Virtual Storehouse
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Eyes of the Heart
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Eastern
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Satsung of the Sadguru Jesus
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Who Can Help You?
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ਪੰਜਾਬੀ - Panjabi
Text / Printed Matter Download scripture in this language
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter Online New Testament (Bibles India)
Primary Religion: Other / Small
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
100.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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