Darjee in Nepal







Largest Religion

Main Language


Profile Source: Joshua Project


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

People Name General Darjee
People Name in Country Darjee
Population in Nepal 440,000
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Charmarla, Damai, Dami, Darzo, Dhamai, Dhami, Dhamin, Dholi, Dosad, Goparia, Karoria, Kurenor, Madhukatta
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Nepali-Pahari
People Name General Darjee
Ethnic Code CNN25k
Country Nepal
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country East and south central.
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nepali (397,000) Maithili (39,000) Bantawa (17,000) Bhojpuri (14,000)
Awadhi (8,500) Newar (7,000) Hindi (3,000) Musasa (2,700)
Chamling (1,700) Rajbanshi (1,100) Kham, Sheshi (900) Kham, Western Parbate (900)
Dungmali (800) Sonha (800) Magar, Eastern (500) Kham, Gamale (400)
Jerung (300) Rawat (200) Kayort (200) Dumi (200)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nepali 397,000 Maithili 39,000
Bantawa 17,000 Bhojpuri 14,000
Awadhi 8,500 Newar 7,000
Hindi 3,000 Musasa 2,700
Chamling 1,700 Rajbanshi 1,100
Kham, Sheshi 900 Kham, Western Parbate 900
Dungmali 800 Sonha 800
Magar, Eastern 500 Kham, Gamale 400
Jerung 300 Rawat 200
Kayort 200 Dumi 200
Largest Religion Hinduism
0.79%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
Other / Small
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