The Deha people have their own dialect of Haryanvi, the language of their native state of Haryana. Not surprisingly, the dialect is called Deha. Most of them speak this language with members of their own community, but they speak Hindi with outsiders.
Traditionally the Deha people weaved winnowing fans used to sift wheat from chaff, but today most of them sell cloth.
They marry as adults. If one spouse dies, their widow or widower can marry the deceased's sibling. For some reason divorce has become more common among the Deha people since India's independence in 1947.
The 21,000 Deha people are Hindus who worship Kali, the goddess of destruction along with regional deities. Instead of relying on the priestly Brahmins, they have their own sacred specialists to perform ceremonies.
The Deha people have a low literacy rate even for a scheduled caste.
* Scripture Prayers for the Deha in India.
Pray for followers of Christ to help the Deha people with literacy and economic development. Pray that they will soon give praise and worship to the King. Pray for a spiritual openness to the ways of Christ.
|Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2013-08-19|
|People Name General||Deha|
|People Name in Country||Deha|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Balmiki, Bangale, Bangali, Chhajwale, Chuhra, Dahe, Daiya, Dea, Dhaya, Dhea, Dheya, Sajghare, दहा|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||10 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||5|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Punjabi, Eastern (12,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||pan Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Punjabi, Eastern
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1815-2011)|
|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||Oral Bible|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Eyes of the Heart (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||Following Jesus (India, JF Project)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Eastern|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Sikh Contextual Gathering (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||Sikh Punjabi Music Video (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Mobile App||Download Bible from Google Play Store|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: ਪੰਜਾਬੀ - Panjabi|
|Text / Printed Matter||OneHope resources for children and youth|
|Text / Printed Matter||Online Bible (Bibles India)|
|Text / Printed Matter||World Missionary Press Booklets|