If you look up "Darjee" in Wikipedia you will learn about Darjeeling tea in West Bengal, India; but you will see nothing about the Darjee people. The same results will happen if you do a Google search. The Darjee people group is also left out of Malony's Peoples of South Asia. The Darjee people are truly a hidden people, unnoticed by anthropologists, sociologists, and cultural geographers. However, they are not unknown to the God who loves them. They are only 30 to 40 percent literate, are low-caste Hindu and Nepali-speaking. Given their low literacy, they use oral methods of communicating rather than the printed word.
Most Darjee people live in Nepal, but many have migrated to India's northeastern states or Bhutan.
A migrant community, the Darjee are sometimes known as Damai. They are non-vegetarian, and rice is their staple cereal. The Darjee women play a significant role in their economy by plucking tea-leaves in tea gardens for wages. The traditional occupation of the Darjee people is tailoring, but they are also noted musicians.
Wherever they live, the Darjee people are Hindus who depend on various gods who cannot help them in their daily lives or transform their communities in a positive way. They regard Kuldevta as their household deity and also worship Vandevta.
The Darjee people need to be respected and given dignity, since they are a low caste Hindu community. They need to find ways to earn a decent living.
* Scripture Prayers for the Darjee in Bhutan.
* Pray for the Darjee people to find their hope and dignity in a relationship with Jesus Christ, the only savior.
* Pray for believers to take the gospel to the Darjee people in Bhutan and begin the process of discipling them in the ways of Jesus.
* Pray for a strong Darjee church to emerge in Bhutan, India and Nepal.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Darjee|
|People Name in Country||Darjee|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Charmarla; Damai; Dami; Darzo; Dhamai; Dhami; Dhamin; Dholi; Dosad; Goparia; Gorkha; Karigarh; Karoria; Kurenor; Kurerior; Madhukatta; Master; Shilpakar; Shilpkar; दर्जी|
|Persecution Rank||45 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||3|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
Primary Language: Nepali
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1821-2010)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Following Jesus (India, JF Project)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Nepali|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)|
|Film / Video||New Way (Naya Goreto)|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|Film / Video||The Hope Video|
|Film / Video||Until We Met|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Comic Book Version (SuperBible)|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: नेपाली - Nepali|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bibles, Bible League|
|Text / Printed Matter||EasyBibles|
|Text / Printed Matter||International Bible Society|
|Text / Printed Matter||Jesus Messiah comic book|