Dom (Hindu traditions) in India


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Subgroups: 31 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
Murdafarash 152,000
Dhanuk 72,000
Mahishya 19,000
Ponaka 13,000
Sikharia 3,600
Miragani 3,100
Kaora 1,900
Benbansi 1,000
Dumna Unknown
Andhiya Unknown

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)
World Population 2,305,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 45
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
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Oriya
People Group Dom (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25c
Total Subgroups 31 (only 15 largest shown)
  Murdafarash 152,000
  Dhanuk 72,000
  Mahishya 19,000
  Ponaka 13,000
  Sikharia 3,600
  Miragani 3,100
  Kaora 1,900
  Benbansi 1,000
  Dumna 60
  Andhiya 0
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 23
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Odisha
801,000
West Bengal
411,000
Punjab
210,000
Bihar
191,000
Jammu and Kashmir
172,000
Jharkhand
151,000
Himachal Pradesh
92,000
Uttar Pradesh
71,000
Madhya Pradesh
54,000
Uttarakhand
37,000
Chhattisgarh
21,000
Haryana
19,000
Tamil Nadu
12,000
Maharashtra
11,000
Rajasthan
6,400
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 23  (only 20 largest shown)
  Odisha 801,000
  West Bengal 411,000
  Punjab 210,000
  Bihar 191,000
  Jammu and Kashmir 172,000
  Jharkhand 151,000
  Himachal Pradesh 92,000
  Uttar Pradesh 71,000
  Madhya Pradesh 54,000
  Uttarakhand 37,000
  Chhattisgarh 21,000
  Haryana 19,000
  Tamil Nadu 12,000
  Maharashtra 11,000
  Rajasthan 6,400
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Odia (672,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 56
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Hindi
541,000
Bengali
412,000
Dogri
128,000
Punjabi, Eastern
112,000
Domari
62,000
Chhattisgarhi
42,000
Bhojpuri
39,000
Kangri
37,000
Magahi
32,000
Garhwali
27,000
Pengo
19,000
Mandeali
15,000
Telugu
14,000
Maithili
13,000
Tamil
11,000
Primary Language Odia (672,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 56
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Hindi 541,000
  Bengali 412,000
  Dogri 128,000
  Punjabi, Eastern 112,000
  Domari 62,000
  Chhattisgarhi 42,000
  Bhojpuri 39,000
  Kangri 37,000
  Magahi 32,000
  Garhwali 27,000
  Pengo 19,000
  Mandeali 15,000
  Telugu 14,000
  Maithili 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
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
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 God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ODIA - Oriya
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.10 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.44 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.45 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


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