Deha in India

Joshua Project has identified the Deha only in India

Population

21,600

Christian

0.00%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey


Introduction / History

The Deha people have their own dialect of Haryanvi, the language of their native state of Haryana. Not surprisingly, the dialect is called Deha. Most of them speak this language with members of their own community, but they speak Hindi with outsiders.


What are Their Lives Like?

Traditionally the Deha people weaved winnowing fans used to sift wheat from chaff, but today most of them sell cloth.

They marry as adults. If one spouse dies, their widow or widower can marry the deceased’s sibling. For some reason divorce has become more common among the Deha people since India’s independence in 1947.


What are Their Beliefs?

The 21,000 Deha people are Hindus who worship Kali, the goddess of destruction along with regional deities. Instead of relying on the priestly Brahmins, they have their own sacred specialists to perform ceremonies.


What are Their Needs?

The Deha people have a low literacy rate even for a scheduled caste.


Prayer Points

Pray for followers of Christ to help the Deha people with literacy and economic development. Pray that they will soon give praise and worship to the King. Pray for a spiritual openness to the ways of Christ.



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Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country
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People Name General Deha
People Name in Country Deha
ROP3 Code 111908
Joshua Project People ID 16685
Indigenous Yes
Population in India 21,600
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names for People Group Dahe, Daiya, Dea, Dhaya, Dhea, Dheya, Sajghare,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 10,603 Panjabi, Eastern 9,266 Haryanvi 1,740 Bagri 220
Pahari, Mahasu 20
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Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Deha
Ethnic Code CNN25g
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Largest Religion Hinduism
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
0.00%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
0.00%
Hinduism
100.00%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
0.00%
Protestant
0.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
0.00%
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