Darjee in Nepal

Darjee
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Map Source:  People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Darjee
Country: Nepal
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 449,000
World Population: 499,900
Primary Language: Nepali
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 1.07 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction

A migrant community, the Darjee are sometimes known as Damai. They are non-vegetarian, and rice is their staple cereal. The Darjee women play a significant role in their economy by plucking tea-leaves in tea gardens for wages. The traditional occupation of the Darjee is tailoring. They regard the Kuldevta as their household deity and also worship Vandevta. The Darjee are traditional musicians. The Nepali Brahmin do not accept water from the Darjee, but the Sarki, Kami, etc. accept water from them.

Ministry Obstacles

The Darjee had a literacy rate of 31% in the 1981 census, and has probably not improved much since then.

Outreach Ideas

Pray for workers to carry the Gospel of Christ to these people, especially in oral form. Several exposures to the Gospel message are usually required.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Pray for the few followers of Christ among this low caste community, that they will follow Christ with zeal and holiness. Pray they will be rooted and established in love.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for the Darjee community to increasingly be drawn to the man Jesus Christ, to be curious about him and his teachings. Pray that God will overthrow spiritual forces of darkness opposing the spread of His Gospel.

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