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Map Source: People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.
|People Name:||Domar (Hindu traditions)|
|Christian Adherents:||0.00 %|
|Online Audio NT:||No|
|People Cluster:||South Asia Dalit - other|
|Affinity Bloc:||South Asian Peoples|
Domar tradition says they were cursed by their gods to a life of poverty for killing a cow.
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.
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.
The Domar people need to put their faith, hope and dignity in the capable hands of Jesus Christ.
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.