Darzi Namdev (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan


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Introduction / History

The Namdev Maratha migrated from Maharashtra to Tamil Nadu. They speak Marathi and Tamil and read and write in Tamil. Though most are in India, a smaller group is in neighboring Pakistan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Namdev Maratha are tailors and dyers. Some are laborers. They have a caste association to look after their interests.
They often marry their cousins. Family leaders negotiate and arrange marriages. They are monogamous, meaning that marriage is between one man and one woman. The bereaved can marry again. On the death of the father, sons inherit the property with the oldest son taking charge of the home. The dead are either cremated or buried, which is unusual for a Hindu people group.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Even in Pakistan the Namdev people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.


What Are Their Needs?

The Namdev Maratha community needs the essential guidance of God the Father so that they can enjoy life to the full.


Prayer Points

Pray that leaders of the caste association come to Jesus Christ and allow others to begin a church planting movement.
Pray for spiritual discernment and openness to the claims of Christ.
Pray for loving workers who are guided by the Holy Spirit to go to this Hindu people group.


Scripture Prayers for the Darzi Namdev (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan.


References


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Darzi Namdev (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Darzi Namdev (Hindu traditions)
Alternate Names Bhavsar Kshatriya; Merais; Mirai; Namdeo Shimpi; Namdev; Namdev Mahratta; Nilari; Pipavasi; Rangari; Sai; Sai Sutar; Sais; Shimpi; Simpi; Suis; Thalavadi; दर्ज़ी नामदेव (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
Population this Country 1,400
Population all Countries 142,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 21130
ROP3 Code 117953
ROP25 Code 301962
ROP25 Name Darji / Darzi
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 7  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 7  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Sindh 1,400
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Sindhi (800 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Dhatki
600
Primary Language Sindhi (800 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Dhatki 600
People Groups Speaking Sindhi

Primary Language:  Sindhi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1825-1981)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1890-1992)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1954)
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