Darjee in Nepal






Largest Religion

Main Language



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 Brahman 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.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-11-20
People Name General Darjee
People Name in Country Darjee
Population in Nepal 428,000
World Population 490,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Charmarla, Damai, Dami, Darzo, Dhamai, Dhami, Dhamin, Dholi, Dosad, Goparia, Gorkha, Karigarh, Karoria, Kurenor, Kurerior, Madhukatta, Master, Shilpakar, Shilpkar
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Nepali-Pahari
People Name General Darjee
Ethnic Code CNN25k
People ID 16664
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country East and south central..   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States on file:  14  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gandaki (55,000) Seti (54,000) Bagmati (49,000) Bheri (48,000)
Lumbini (40,000) Kosi (33,000) Rapti (28,000) Mechi (26,000)
Janakpur (23,000) Sagarmatha (23,000) Dhawalagiri (20,000) Narayani (19,000)
Mahakali (19,000) Karnali (14,000)
Total States on file:  14  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gandaki (55,000) Seti (54,000)
Bagmati (49,000) Bheri (48,000)
Lumbini (40,000) Kosi (33,000)
Rapti (28,000) Mechi (26,000)
Janakpur (23,000) Sagarmatha (23,000)
Dhawalagiri (20,000) Narayani (19,000)
Mahakali (19,000) Karnali (14,000)
Languages & Dialects on file:  21  (up to 20 largest shown)
Nepali (409,000) Dotyali (15,000) Awadhi (8,500) Bhojpuri (8,200)
Newar: Newari (3,000) Bantawa (2,700) Maithili (1,300) Musasa (900)
Chamling (900) Kham, Sheshi (900) Kham, Western Parbate (900) Sonha (800)
Hindi (700) Kham, Gamale (400) Rawat (200) Angika (80)
Humla (80) Palpa (60) Kansa (50) Nubri (40)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nepali 409,000 Dotyali 15,000
Awadhi 8,500 Bhojpuri 8,200
Newar: Newari 3,000 Bantawa 2,700
Maithili 1,300 Musasa 900
Chamling 900 Kham, Sheshi 900
Kham, Western Parbate 900 Sonha 800
Hindi 700 Kham, Gamale 400
Rawat 200 Angika 80
Humla 80 Palpa 60
Kansa 50 Nubri 40

For Main Lanugage: Nepali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1850-1961)
New Testament Yes   (1821-2010)
Complete Bible Yes   (1914-2004)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources
Audio Recordings Nepali Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Nepali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Text / Printed Matter International Bible Society
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
1.15 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.74 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
98.06 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.05 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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