Dangi in Pakistan

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

Before the British gained control over India in the early 1800s, the Dangi Bhils lived a typical tribal lifestyle, hunting, fishing and gathering food from their richly forested lands. The British wanted to harvest the wood and sell it. Their attempts to subdue the Dangis were unsuccessful, so they resorted to unscrupulous methods to obtain rights to the land. By 1911, the British controlled two-thirds of the land formerly occupied by the Dangis. After the British left India in 1947, the Gujarat state government continued to fight for more and more of the Dangi forests. Today the Dangis live in the rocky, hilly forests of western central India, especially Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. A small number live over the border from Rajasthan in Pakistan.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They respect all animals, and since they live so close to nature, they are often called "the children of nature." Dangi Bhil lives are built around their search for food that they gather. Their homes are one-room bamboo huts made with thatched roofs. Their climate is moist and warm, so they wear very little clothing. They love their freedom, and their poverty has made them people of sturdy character. The family is the basic unit of social and religious life among the Dangs. Their society is patrilineal, meaning that the line of descent is through the males. Young newlyweds typically live near or with the husband's family. Social and religious order is maintained by an institution known as the panch. Despite their poverty, the Dangs enjoy singing and dancing. However, their animated tribal dances are no longer as significant as they once were. The villagers are skilled in creating objects out of stone, wood and clay. Tattooing has become an art among the Dangs.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The majority of the Dangs practice ethnic religions, and all of them are involved in ancestor worship (praying to deceased ancestors). Their lives revolve around rites, rituals and folk beliefs. Many are animists, believing that all objects have spirits. Trees, animals, demons, serpents, and spirits are worshipped through magical rituals. Wagh-Dev, the tiger god, is their sacred animal god and their emblem of worship. The Dangs believe in magic, witchcraft, and sorcery, along with their many tribal gods and Hindu deities. They believe that the supernatural world contains both good and evil. Their constant fear of the spirits keeps them revolving around a circle of prayers, rituals, offerings, and sacrifices. The Bhagat (priest and medicine man) is thought to be the ultimate "good man." They believe he is a spiritual man who communicates with the gods. They consider him a friend, a philosopher, a guide, and a healer.

What Are Their Needs?

Food gathering is dying out in both India and Pakistan, so this Bhil tribe needs to find ways to earn a living that involves the modern economy. Perhaps compassionate believers can help train them in useful skills so they aren’t impoverished in the future.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Dangi in Pakistan.

Ask God to raise up prayer teams who will break up the soil through worship and intercession. Pray the Dangis Bhil people in Pakistan be lifted out of poverty. Pray that the Lord will send forth laborers to live among the Dangis tribes and lead them into a movement to Christ. Ask God to grant wisdom and favor to mission agencies focusing on the Dangis Bhil. Ask God to give the Dangis believers boldness to share the gospel with their own people.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Dangi
People Name in Country Dangi
Population this Country 19,000
Population all Countries 732,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bagalu; Batalian; Bhut; Dangri; Dharne; Harbansia; Hir; Jalaria; Kaushal; Manadia; Manem; Marbansia; Masaun; Mehton; Mule; Mulepoto; Nagia; Parmar; Patel; Sangutva-Sial; Thunalia; डांगी
People ID 16671
ROP3 Code 111886
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Punjab 18,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Saraiki (19,000 speakers)
Language Code skr   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Saraiki (19,000 speakers)
Language Code skr   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Saraiki

Primary Language:  Saraiki

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1898-2009)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Saraiki
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Bethany World Prayer Center 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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