Dom (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh


Population
25,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Day laborers, street musicians and beggars; this doesn't sound like a very meaningful choice of vocations! But these are the choices for the 1.3 million Hindu and Animist Dom people across India. Dom tradition says they were cursed by their gods to a life of poverty for killing a cow.

Dom women are definitely subordinate to the men in society, most often working in the home or supplementing the husband's income by begging. Women do, however, have a role in the ritual and religious spheres. These roles are reinforced by the manner in which Dom children are raised. Education is encouraged for boys, but not for girls.

Most Doms are committed Hindus, with particular devotion to the gods Baba Ramdeo and Bhainro. The Baba Ramdeo temple in Rajasthan is a major tourist attraction. Along with this devotion, each family worships a deity of its own choice. There are also a significant number of Dom Animists who constantly make small animal sacrifices to deter ill luck. There are no more than a few hundred known Christian believers among the Dom population.


Prayer Points

* Pray for a spiritual breakthrough among the Dom people.
* Pray that God would break down centuries-old bondages that keep the Dom people entrapped.
* Pray that God would use the Dom people to bring other untouchables to faith in Christ.


People Name General Dom (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Dom (Hindu traditions)
Population in Bangladesh 25,000
World Population 2,329,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names Bansmalik, Bhangi, Bhanjra, Chandel, Dhangad, Dom, Domahra, Domar, Domara, Domba, Domban, Dombar, Dombara, Dombari, Dombo, Dombo Dumna, Dombo. Dumna, Dombu, Dome, Domra, Doom, Doomna, Doris, Dum, Dumar, Dum-Mahasha, Dumna, Duria Dom, Kazhai, Kolhati, Koothadi, Mahasa, Mahasha, Mehtar, Mir Sahib, Mirasi, Murdafarash, Omal, Pano, Rana, Rarash, Shri Sudarshan Samaj, Sikhria, Sri Sudarsham Samaj
People ID 16734
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 35  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 6
Chittagong (14,000) Rangpur (4,000) Dhaka (2,700) Khulna (1,900)
Rajshahi (1,600) Barisal (200)
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 35  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 6
Chittagong (14,000) Rangpur (4,000)
Dhaka (2,700) Khulna (1,900)
Rajshahi (1,600) Barisal (200)
Primary Language: Chittagonian (11,000 speakers)
Language Code: ctg   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 2
Secondary Languages:
Bengali (10,000)
Primary Language: Chittagonian (11,000 speakers)
Language Code: ctg   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 2
Secondary Languages:
Bengali (10,000)
For Primary Language: Chittagonian

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Chittagonian
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Chittagonian
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
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 Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source: India Missions Association   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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