Dom (Hindu traditions) in India


Population
2,399,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Day laborers, street musicians and beggars; this doesn't sound like a very meaningful choice of vocations! But these are the choices for the 1.3 million Hindu and Animist Dom people across India. Dom tradition says they were cursed by their gods to a life of poverty for killing a cow.

Dom women are definitely subordinate to the men in society, most often working in the home or supplementing the husband's income by begging. Women do, however, have a role in the ritual and religious spheres. These roles are reinforced by the manner in which Dom children are raised. Education is encouraged for boys, but not for girls.

Most Doms are committed Hindus, with particular devotion to the gods Baba Ramdeo and Bhainro. The Baba Ramdeo temple in Rajasthan is a major tourist attraction. Along with this devotion, each family worships a deity of its own choice. There are also a significant number of Dom Animists who constantly make small animal sacrifices to deter ill luck. There are no more than a few hundred known Christian believers among the Dom population.


Prayer Points

* Pray for a spiritual breakthrough among the Dom people.
* Pray that God would break down centuries-old bondages that keep the Dom people entrapped.
* Pray that God would use the Dom people to bring other untouchables to faith in Christ.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2006-09-03
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-09-25
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-10-24
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-08-14
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-08-27
People Name General Dom (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Dom (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 2,399,000
World Population 2,436,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 48 to 53
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Bansmalik, Bhangi, Bhanjra, Chandel, Dhangad, Dom, Domahra, Domar, Domara, Domba, Domban, Dombar, Dombara, Dombari, Dombo, Dombo Dumna, Dombo. Dumna, Dombu, Dome, Domra, Doom, Doomna, Doris, Dum, Dumar, Dum-Mahasha, Dumna, Duria Dom, Kazhai, Kolhati, Koothadi, Mahasa, Mahasha, Mehtar, Mir Sahib, Mirasi, Murdafarash, Omal, Pano, Rana, Rarash, Shri Sudarshan Samaj, Sikhria, Sri Sudarsham Samaj, डोम (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16734
ROP3 Code 111977
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 23
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Odisha
(843,000)
West Bengal
(436,000)
Punjab
(222,000)
Bihar
(203,000)
Jammu and Kashmir
(182,000)
Jharkhand
(160,000)
Himachal Pradesh
(98,000)
Uttar Pradesh
(75,000)
Madhya Pradesh
(58,000)
Uttarakhand
(39,000)
Chhattisgarh
(22,000)
Haryana
(20,000)
Tamil Nadu
(12,000)
Maharashtra
(12,000)
Rajasthan
(6,800)
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 23  (only 20 largest shown)
  Odisha (843,000)
  West Bengal (436,000)
  Punjab (222,000)
  Bihar (203,000)
  Jammu and Kashmir (182,000)
  Jharkhand (160,000)
  Himachal Pradesh (98,000)
  Uttar Pradesh (75,000)
  Madhya Pradesh (58,000)
  Uttarakhand (39,000)
  Chhattisgarh (22,000)
  Haryana (20,000)
  Tamil Nadu (12,000)
  Maharashtra (12,000)
  Rajasthan (6,800)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Odia (667,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 56
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Hindi
(534,000)
Bengali
(415,000)
Dogri
(128,000)
Punjabi, Eastern
(112,000)
Domari
(61,000)
Chhattisgarhi
(42,000)
Bhojpuri
(39,000)
Kangri
(37,000)
Magahi
(32,000)
Garhwali
(28,000)
Pengo
(19,000)
Mandeali
(15,000)
Maithili
(13,000)
Telugu
(13,000)
Tamil
(11,000)
People Groups Speaking Odia
Primary Language Odia (667,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 56
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Hindi (534,000)
  Bengali (415,000)
  Dogri (128,000)
  Punjabi, Eastern (112,000)
  Domari (61,000)
  Chhattisgarhi (42,000)
  Bhojpuri (39,000)
  Kangri (37,000)
  Magahi (32,000)
  Garhwali (28,000)
  Pengo (19,000)
  Mandeali (15,000)
  Maithili (13,000)
  Telugu (13,000)
  Tamil (11,000)
People Groups Speaking Odia

Primary Language:  Odia

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1811-1956)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1809-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1815-2004)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
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 Odia
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.09 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.17 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.73 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2017  India Missions Association  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
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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