Domar (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh

Domar (Hindu traditions)
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People Name: Domar (Hindu traditions)
Country: Bangladesh
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 28,000
World Population: 2,579,500
Primary Language: Chittagonian
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: New Testament
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Domar tradition says they were cursed by their gods to a life of poverty for killing a cow.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Day laborers, street musicians and beggars; this doesn't sound like a very meaningful choice of vocations! But these are the choices for the Domar people across India. Domar 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 Domar children are raised. Education is encouraged for boys but not for girls.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Domar people 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 Domar animists who constantly make small animal sacrifices to deter ill luck. There are no more than a few hundred known Christian believers among the Domar population.

What Are Their Needs?

The Domar people need to put their faith, hope and dignity in the capable hands of Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points

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

Text Source:   Joshua Project