Darzi Sribastab (Hindu traditions) in India

The Darzi Sribastab (Hindu traditions) have only been reported in India
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Introduction / History

The Darzi originally lived in Central Asia and migrated to India long ago. An Indian legend says the god Parasurama was pursuing two brothers to destroy them and they found haven in a Hindu temple. A priest hid them and gave one brother the task of sewing dresses and the other dyeing cloth. The Darzi are said to be the descendants of the first brother and therefore, Darzis are most commonly tailors. Though the majority are Hindu, about one-third have converted to Islam. They have subgroups, one of which is the Sribastab Darzi.

Uttar Pradesh has the largest population of Darzis, but there are sizable populations in several states of India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Typically, Sribastab Darzis work in cities and towns practicing their trade of dying, sewing, and making clothing. They sell their clothes in shops and in village markets. Some of them sell ready-made clothes. Sribastab Darzi women are very adept at embroidery.

They are endogamous, that is, they marry within their group. Darzi young people marry as adults. Monogamy or marriage to one spouse is the general rule while polygamy is accepted. Families often arrange marriages to cement clan ties.

Sribastab Darzis occupy a middle ground of social status. As tailors they enjoy close relations with other tradesmen. Girls are not encouraged to get an education. Boys strive to obtain a higher education. When they do, they often rise above the status of a tailor.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Darzi are Hindu, the predominant religion of India, but many are Muslim. Many of them are part of a sect which was founded in the 12th or 13th century by a tailor. They have a practical way of viewing spirituality. They are likely to be devotees of gods that benefit them.


What Are Their Needs?

The Sribastab Darzi people need to put all their faith in the King of kings and Lord of lords, Jesus Christ.


Prayer Points

Pray for workers to go to the Sribastab Darzi people, and for their hearts to be ready to receive their savior.
Pray for networks of believing families and fellowships that will throw the doors open for others to follow Jesus.
Pray for the Lord to bless the families among the Sribastab Darzi communities with his presence and mercy.
Pray for believers among this people group to disciple others who will disciple still others.
Pray for Bible believing fellowships and churches among the Hindu and Muslim Darzi people.


Scripture Prayers for the Darzi Sribastab (Hindu traditions) in India.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darzi


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Darzi Sribastab (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Darzi Sribastab (Hindu traditions)
Alternate Names दर्ज़ी सृिबस्तब (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
Population this Country 148,000
Population all Countries 148,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 3
People ID 21133
ROP3 Code 117955
ROP25 Code 301962
ROP25 Name Darji / Darzi
Country India
Region Asia, South
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 5
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
104,000
Madhya Pradesh
38,000
Chhattisgarh
3,100
Uttarakhand
700
Delhi
700
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 5
  Uttar Pradesh 104,000
  Madhya Pradesh 38,000
  Chhattisgarh 3,100
  Uttarakhand 700
  Delhi 700
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 India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Hindi (107,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 11
Secondary Languages
Awadhi
3,800
Kanauji
3,600
Bhojpuri
2,900
Bundeli
2,800
Chhattisgarhi
1,600
Malvi
1,000
Bagheli
300
Nimadi
100
Punjabi, Eastern
100
Gujarati
30
Primary Language Hindi (107,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 11
Secondary Languages
  Awadhi 3,800
  Kanauji 3,600
  Bhojpuri 2,900
  Bundeli 2,800
  Chhattisgarhi 1,600
  Malvi 1,000
  Bagheli 300
  Nimadi 100
  Punjabi, Eastern 100
  Gujarati 30
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

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Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1818-2022)
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