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Dakpa in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
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Dakpa in India

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Introduction / History
The Dakpa (also known as the Sagtengpa or Brokpa) are tribal group that lives mainly in Bhutan. A smaller number live in India. It is possible that they are related to the Limbu of Nepal. They speak a language called Mira Sagtengpa (or Brokpa).

What are their lives like?
Most of the Dakpa are farmers. Their principal crops include corn, barley and beets. They work long hours in the fields in order to produce enough to feed their families. Other important activities include herding yaks and sheep and spinning and weaving wool. Most farmers also keep a few pigs and chickens. The yaks are used as beasts of burden. They also supply the families with meat and milk. Cultivation practices have changed little over the centuries, and most of the labor is provided by family members.

The Dakpa women wear their hair long and dress in traditional styles. They typically wear red and white silk ponchos, red silk jackets decorated with animal designs, and red wool capes. They may also wear braided black wool jackets. The men wear leather or cloth pants under big, white wool trousers, red wool jackets, and sometimes sleeveless outer garments made of leather and felt. Both men and women wear turquoise earrings. The most distinctive part of the Dakpa outfit, however, is the unique felt hat. The hats are flat, felt discs made from yak hair. Each hat has five tail-like "spouts" that allow water to drain and the head to stay dry.

Social status among the Dakpa is based on a family's economic position. Individuals normally have two names, but neither is considered a family name. Wives keep their maiden names, and children may have names that are not connected to either parent.

What are their beliefs?
The Dakpa are virtually all Buddhist. They follow the "Red Hat" sect of Tibetan Buddhism. In addition, traditional Tibetan shamanism is also practiced by some. The shamanists believe in an unseen world of gods, demons and ancestral spirits. They depend on a shaman (priest or priestess) to communicate with the spirits on their behalf.

Most Buddhist families have shrines for worship inside their homes. A poor family may only have a small Buddhist image or painting rather than a shrine. However, a wealthy family may use an entire room as a shrine, furnishing it with an elaborate altar, lamps, an incense burner, and other religious items.

What are their needs?
They are conservative by nature and value their ancient traditions. However, they are becoming more vulnerable to change due to their need for modern medicines and conveniences.

The Dakpa remain isolated and resistant to the gospel. They need much prayer and evangelization efforts to break down walls of isolation and tradition.

Prayer Points
Pray that mission organizations and churches will accept the challenge of adopting and reaching the Dakpa.

Pray that the few Dakpa believers will rise to the challenge of taking the gospel to their people.

Ask God to raise prayer teams who will begin breaking up the spiritual soil of Bhutan through worship and intercession.

Ask the Lord to save key leaders among the Dakpa who will boldly declare the gospel leading many others to become Christ's disciples.

Pray that a strong local church will be established among the Dakpa.

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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:11 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:100
Largest States:
Arunachal Pradesh (100)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Dakpa
People Name General: Dakpa
Alternate People Names:
DapMera Sagtengpa
Mira SagtengpaSagtengpa
ROP3 Code: 102397
Joshua Project People ID: 11478
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 100
Population all Countries: 4,500
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Buddhist
People Name General: Dakpa
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Brokpake (100 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): sgt    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism100.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
Bible Translation Status
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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Dakpa in India

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    South Asia Buddhist     Asia, South    
      Dakpa India    
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