Dom, Hindu traditions in Nepal






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.

People Name General Dom, Hindu traditions
People Name in Country Dom, Hindu traditions
Population in Nepal 14,000
World Population 2,374,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Indigenous 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
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Oriya
People Name General Dom, Hindu traditions
Ethnic Code CNN25c
People ID 16734
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file:  11  (up to 20 largest shown)
Sagarmatha (3,600) Janakpur (3,300) Narayani (2,900) Kosi (2,300)
Mechi (500) Mahakali (400) Lumbini (300) Seti (200)
Rapti (50) Bheri (40) Bagmati (20)
Total States on file:  11  (up to 20 largest shown)
Sagarmatha (3,600) Janakpur (3,300)
Narayani (2,900) Kosi (2,300)
Mechi (500) Mahakali (400)
Lumbini (300) Seti (200)
Rapti (50) Bheri (40)
Bagmati (20)
Languages & Dialects on file:  10  (up to 20 largest shown)
Maithili (10,000) Bhojpuri (2,200) Nepali (500) Angika (200)
Dotyali (200) Kumaoni (100) Awadhi (80) Magahi (70)
Bengali (40) Rajbanshi (30)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Maithili 10,000 Bhojpuri 2,200
Nepali 500 Angika 200
Dotyali 200 Kumaoni 100
Awadhi 80 Magahi 70
Bengali 40 Rajbanshi 30
For Primary Language: Maithili

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes
New Testament Yes   (2010)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible: jivən səndesh Text / Printed Matter
God's Story Video Film / Video
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Maithili Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Online Bible text (Scripture Earth) Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Oral Bible stories in Maithili Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.04 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.96 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
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: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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