Dom (Hindu traditions) in India


Population
2,350,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
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 Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2006-09-03
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-09-25
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Global Prayer Digest: 2015-08-27
People Name General Dom (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Dom (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 2,350,000
World Population 2,387,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached Yes
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
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 23
Largest States
(only 20 largest shown)
Odisha (826,000) West Bengal (426,000) Punjab (218,000)
Bihar (199,000) Jammu and Kashmir (179,000) Jharkhand (157,000)
Himachal Pradesh (96,000) Uttar Pradesh (76,000) Madhya Pradesh (56,000)
Uttarakhand (38,000) Chhattisgarh (21,000) Haryana (20,000)
Tamil Nadu (12,000) Maharashtra (11,000) Rajasthan (6,600)
Delhi (6,000) Andaman and Nicobar (1,100) Chandigarh (600)
Gujarat (400) Tripura (200)
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 23  (only 20 largest shown)
Odisha (826,000) West Bengal (426,000)
Punjab (218,000) Bihar (199,000)
Jammu and Kashmir (179,000) Jharkhand (157,000)
Himachal Pradesh (96,000) Uttar Pradesh (76,000)
Madhya Pradesh (56,000) Uttarakhand (38,000)
Chhattisgarh (21,000) Haryana (20,000)
Tamil Nadu (12,000) Maharashtra (11,000)
Rajasthan (6,600) Delhi (6,000)
Andaman and Nicobar (1,100) Chandigarh (600)
Gujarat (400) Tripura (200)
Primary Language: Odia (654,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: ory   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 57
Secondary Languages:
(only 20 largest shown)
Hindi (512,000) Bengali (413,000) Dogri (128,000)
Punjabi, Eastern (112,000) Domari (61,000) Chhattisgarhi (42,000)
Bhojpuri (39,000) Kangri (37,000) Pengo (33,000)
Magahi (31,000) Garhwali (29,000) Kui (21,000)
Mandeali (19,000) Maithili (13,000) Tamil (11,000)
Kuvi (11,000) Pahari, Mahasu (9,900) Marathi (7,500)
Kashmiri (6,600) Telugu (6,200)
Primary Language: Odia (654,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: ory   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 57
Secondary Languages: (only 20 largest shown)
Hindi (512,000) Bengali (413,000)
Dogri (128,000) Punjabi, Eastern (112,000)
Domari (61,000) Chhattisgarhi (42,000)
Bhojpuri (39,000) Kangri (37,000)
Pengo (33,000) Magahi (31,000)
Garhwali (29,000) Kui (21,000)
Mandeali (19,000) Maithili (13,000)
Tamil (11,000) Kuvi (11,000)
Pahari, Mahasu (9,900) Marathi (7,500)
Kashmiri (6,600) Telugu (6,200)
Primary Language: Odia

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1811-1956)
New Testament Yes   (1809-2000)
Complete Bible Yes   (1815-2004)
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Possible Print Bibles
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
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 Oriya
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.14 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.86 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source: India Missions Association   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest 
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