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 Namdev Maratha migrated from Maharashtra to Tamil Nadu. They speak Marathi and Tamil and read and write in Tamil. They are not vegetarians and eat rice as a cereal.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Namdev Maratha are tailors and dyers, some are laborers. They have a caste association to look after their interests. The Namdev Maratha often marry their cousins. Family leaders negotiate and arrange marriages. They are monogamous meaning that marriage is between one man and one woman. The bereaved can marry again. On the death of the father, sons inherit the property with the oldest son taking charge of the home. The dead are either cremated or buried, which is unusual for a Hindu people group.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Namdev people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.


What Are Their Needs?

The Namdev Maratha community needs the essential guidance of God the Father so that they can enjoy life to the full.


Prayer Points

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

* Pray that leaders of the caste association come to Jesus Christ and allow others to begin a church planting movement. * Pray for spiritual discernment and openness to the claims of Christ. * Pray for workers.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Darzi Namdev (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Darzi Namdev (Hindu traditions)
Population this Country 105,000
Population all Countries 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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Virtual Storehouse
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  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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