Darzi Namdev (Hindu traditions) in India

The Darzi Namdev (Hindu 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

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

* Scripture Prayers for the Darzi Namdev (Hindu traditions) in India.

* 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.


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 Namdev (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Darzi Namdev (Hindu traditions)
World Population 105,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Bhavsar Kshatriya; Merais; Mirai; Namdeo Shimpi; Namdev; Namdev Mahratta; Nilari; Pipavasi; Rangari; Sai; Sai Sutar; Sais; Shimpi; Simpi; Suis; Thalavadi; दर्ज़ी नामदेव (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 21130
ROP3 Code 117953
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
Maharashtra
33,000
Gujarat
27,000
Andhra Pradesh
17,000
Karnataka
10,000
Uttar Pradesh
7,500
Telangana
6,300
Madhya Pradesh
2,000
Odisha
1,200
Chhattisgarh
400
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
  Maharashtra 33,000
  Gujarat 27,000
  Andhra Pradesh 17,000
  Karnataka 10,000
  Uttar Pradesh 7,500
  Telangana 6,300
  Madhya Pradesh 2,000
  Odisha 1,200
  Chhattisgarh 400
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Gujarati (25,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 14
Secondary Languages
Telugu
24,000
Marathi
24,000
Hindi
16,000
Kannada
9,300
Konkani
2,200
Khandesi
1,800
Odia
1,200
Ahirani
1,100
Bundeli
300
Chhattisgarhi
300
Kacchi
200
Kanauji
60
Malvi
40
Primary Language Gujarati (25,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 14
Secondary Languages
  Telugu 24,000
  Marathi 24,000
  Hindi 16,000
  Kannada 9,300
  Konkani 2,200
  Khandesi 1,800
  Odia 1,200
  Ahirani 1,100
  Bundeli 300
  Chhattisgarhi 300
  Kacchi 200
  Kanauji 60
  Malvi 40
People Groups Speaking Gujarati

Primary Language:  Gujarati

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1809-1965)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1820-1985)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1823-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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Amazon
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Gujarati
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ગુજરાતી - Gujarati
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter Father's Love Letter
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.22 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.78 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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