Dom, Hindu in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


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.

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2006-09-03
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-09-25
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-10-24
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-08-14
People Name General Dom, Hindu
People Name in Country Dom, Hindu
Population in India 2,264,000
World Population 2,298,000
Countries 4
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bansmalik, Chandel, Dhangad, Dom, Domahra, Domar, Domara, Domban, Dombari, Dombo, Dombo Dumna, Dombu, Dome, Domra, Doom, Doomna, Doris, Dum, Dumar, Dumna, Mahasha, Mir Sahib, Mirasi, Murdafarash, Rana, Rarash, Sri Sudarsham Samaj
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Oriya
People Name General Dom, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN25c
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution rankinging, )
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Oriya (654,000) Hindi (517,000) Bengali (413,000) Dogri (149,000)
Panjabi, Eastern (127,000) Domari (61,000) Chhattisgarhi (42,000) Bhojpuri (39,000)
Kangri (37,000) Pengo (33,000) Magahi (31,000) Garhwali (29,000)
Kui (21,000) Mandeali (19,000) Maithili (13,000) Tamil (11,000)
Kuvi (11,000) Pahari, Mahasu (11,000) Kashmiri (8,200) Marathi (7,200)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Oriya 654,000 Hindi 517,000
Bengali 413,000 Dogri 149,000
Panjabi, Eastern 127,000 Domari 61,000
Chhattisgarhi 42,000 Bhojpuri 39,000
Kangri 37,000 Pengo 33,000
Magahi 31,000 Garhwali 29,000
Kui 21,000 Mandeali 19,000
Maithili 13,000 Tamil 11,000
Kuvi 11,000 Pahari, Mahasu 11,000
Kashmiri 8,200 Marathi 7,200
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1811-1956)
New Testament Yes   (1809-2000)
Complete Bible Yes   (1815-2004)
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Online scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Oriya
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 Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Scripture Bible-in-Your-Language
Scripture Bibles, Bible League
Scripture World Missionary Press Booklets
Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2006-09-03
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-09-25
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-10-24
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-08-14

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.14 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.86 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
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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