Dar Fur Daju in Sudan

The Daju, Dar Fur have only been reported in Sudan
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Introduction / History

The five Daju groups include the Dar Fur Daju people. The Dajus make up some of the oldest communities in western Sudan and eastern Chad. Their history is one of independent rule and war with their neighbors. During the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, the Daju peoples migrated from the east and established rule over several tribes in the Dar Fur region of Sudan. In the sixteenth century, this dynasty was overthrown by the Tunjor. Fortunately for the Daju, however, their King escaped and set up a small kingdom in the Dar Sila region of Chad.


The Daju in Chad call themselves "Daju Sila," and those in Sudan call themselves "Fininga." Some of the other groups are named after the regions they occupy or after the distinct dialects of Daju they speak. That includes the Dar Fur Daju people.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of the Dar Fur Daju are farmers, and they primarily based their economy on grain production. Staple crops include millet, sorghum, and corn. They gather foods such as cereals, grasses, berries, honey, and wild fruits from the forests. They also hunt wild game.


The homes of the Dar Fur Daju villages are usually round and have cone-shaped roofs. Town homes are rectangular in shape, with mud-brick walls and flat roofs. Young boys and girls of the villages become members of social groups and work groups. They perform community chores, such as keeping the villages clean and organizing village dances.


The Dar Fur Daju are a patriarchal society in which the families are dominated by the older men. All parents desire to have a male heir, so sons are pampered while they are young. When a boy reaches adolescence, his "representative" will approach the parents of a girl and propose marriage. Young men are given many responsibilities, such as preparing the fields for cultivation, planting the crops, buying the livestock, and trading in the market.


Dar Fur Daju women are subordinate to the men. A woman’s responsibilities include sowing the millet and sorghum, grinding the grain, preparing the meals, buying dry meat in the marketplace, selling chickens and eggs, and bearing as many children as possible. They expect wives to please their husbands and to raise the children without the help of their husbands.


Dar Fur Daju women have many unique beauty customs. They whiten their teeth with sticks; tattoo their eyelids, gums, and lips with acacia thorns; and often remain bare-breasted among relatives.


At one time, a sultan (Muslim ruler) had total authority over all the Daju tribes. Today, however, sultans only possess nominal authority, such as presiding over religious ceremonies. The sultanate is passed down from father to son, and they grant the family of a sultan special rights and privileges. Daju tribes like the Dar Fur Daju are subdivided into clans (extended family groups), and each clan has a leader called letuge. The letuge assists the sultan, as well as helping to give direction during times of war.


The Daju take great pride in their past war victories. They have a reputation among their neighbors and former French and British colonial administrators as being an explosive, warlike people. This is partially because of their mountainous homeland, which has made them difficult to control.


What Are Their Beliefs?

All five Daju peoples have been Muslim since the fifteenth century. They revere the Koran and make all oaths and commitments according to its writings. They believe that if a person swears, he must do so by Allah, or otherwise, he/she must remain silent. The Dar Fur Daju of Sudan are entirely Muslim.


Although the Daju are almost entirely Muslim and follow Islamic teachings daily, they do not do so in the strictest sense. For example, not everyone attends Friday prayer at the mosque, and most people ignore the Islamic ban on drinking alcohol. Most of them keep their traditional animistic beliefs and mix them with their form of Islam. Most of them believe in good and bad spirits, form cults and even practice witchcraft.


What Are Their Needs?

There is a great need for outreach and intercession to see to it that there is a full harvest among the Dar Fur Daju people.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Daju, Dar Fur in Sudan.

Pray for Dar Fur Daju believers to have hearts that are ready and willing to take the name of Jesus to Muslims throughout their region.


Pray for the Dar Fur Daju people to have hearts that are open to the abundant blessings of Jesus Christ.


Pray for their families to prosper financially and spiritually as they experience a relationship with Jesus Christ.


Pray for a movement to Christ among the Dar Fur Daju that will spread joy, peace, and salvation to other peoples in East Africa.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-01-09
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-01-05
People Name General Daju, Dar Fur
People Name in Country Daju, Dar Fur
Natural Name Dar Fur Daju
Population this Country 110,000
Population all Countries 110,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 0  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Dar Fur; Dar Fur Daju; Darfour; Fininga; Halufe; Nyala-Lagowa; South Darfour
People ID 11475
ROP3 Code 102392
Country Sudan
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 13  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Janub Darfur State, Daju hills 40 km northeast of Nyala; Gharb Darfur state: Geneina district; Lagowa dialect: Janub Kurdufan state: Lagawa, Dar el Kabira (Kidong), Silecce, Warina, Jebel Miheila, Nyukri, and Tamanyik area villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Sudan
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 13  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Janub Darfur State, Daju hills 40 km northeast of Nyala; Gharb Darfur state: Geneina district; Lagowa dialect: Janub Kurdufan state: Lagawa, Dar el Kabira (Kidong), Silecce, Warina, Jebel Miheila, Nyukri, and Tamanyik area villages..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Daju, Dar Fur (110,000 speakers)
Language Code daj   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Nyala
Dialect Code 9078   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Daju, Dar Fur (110,000 speakers)
Language Code daj   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Nyala
Dialect Code 9078   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Daju, Dar Fur

Primary Language:  Daju, Dar Fur

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Needed

Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
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
Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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