Darai in India


Population
16,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

If you belong to the Darai people, you had better get along with your brothers and sisters in law, especially if your spouse has health problems. The reason is that you will marry your spouse's younger sibling if he or she dies. Most commonly, brothers from one family each marry sisters from another family. So the two families joined by matrimony have many good reasons to get along. If there are disputes, there is a community council to solve them. This community council also helps prevent child marriages, divorce and dowry abuses among the Darai people.


Where Are they Located?

They live in rural areas of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab. Those in Himachal Pradesh traditionally carried people across rivers either in boats or on inflatable skins.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Today many are fishermen, rope makers or common laborers on roads, dams, or rock quarries. A few of these scheduled caste members hold white-collar jobs. They take advantage of government programs to help them obtain land, fertilizers, livestock and higher literacy. This helps to supplement their incomes.

They speak either Bilaspuri or Kangri, both Indo-Aryan languages. There are members of their community living in nearby Punjab who speak the Punjabi language. The Darai people to the west in Punjab state traditionally transported timber by river floats, but today most are landless laborers.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Darai people are almost entirely Hindu. Like most members of low status communities, they worship several gods, and their form of Hinduism resembles animism.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Holy Spirit to move among the Darai people in Himachal Pradesh and Punjab in such a way that they will see that He is Lord of all and worthy of their complete devotion. Pray for the Lord to thrust out laborers to the Darai people.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

People Name General Darai
People Name in Country Darai
Population in India 16,000
World Population 35,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Darain, Dargai, Daryai, Drai, दराई
People ID 11503
ROP3 Code 102448
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 6
Largest States
Himachal Pradesh
(12,000)
Punjab
(2,200)
Haryana
(700)
Bihar
(400)
Chandigarh
(200)
Uttar Pradesh
(40)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 6
  Himachal Pradesh (12,000)
  Punjab (2,200)
  Haryana (700)
  Bihar (400)
  Chandigarh (200)
  Uttar Pradesh (40)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Kangri (5,400 speakers)
Language Code xnr   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
Hindi
(4,600)
Punjabi, Eastern
(3,200)
Mandeali
(700)
Bhattiyali
(500)
Chambeali
(400)
Pahari, Mahasu
(60)
Bilaspuri
(60)
Pahari, Kullu
(60)
Sirmauri
People Groups Speaking Kangri
Primary Language Kangri (5,400 speakers)
Language Code xnr   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
  Hindi (4,600)
  Punjabi, Eastern (3,200)
  Mandeali (700)
  Bhattiyali (500)
  Chambeali (400)
  Pahari, Mahasu (60)
  Bilaspuri (60)
  Pahari, Kullu (60)
  Sirmauri (10)
People Groups Speaking Kangri

Primary Language:  Kangri

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (2007)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
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Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Scripture stories
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Kangri
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kangri
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.08 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
96.93 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
2.99 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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