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Dandasi in India



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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
88,000 Odia Hinduism 1.08 % Unknown   

Dandasi in India

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Introduction / History
The 89,000 Dandasi people live mainly in India's Orissa state. Thus, they speak the state language of Oriya. Traditionally they have been village watchmen who carried sticks and swords to protect the village. The name Dandasi means, "worthy of punishment." Today most of them no longer work in this occupation; instead they are usually either agricultural or industrial laborers. As a general rule, their wives work at home, but those who do agricultural work rely on their wives for some of the labor—collecting firewood and taking care of livestock.

The Dandasi people practice cross-cousin marriages that are arranged through family negotiations. The wedding ceremony takes place at the bride's home, but it is consummated at the groom's home.

What are their beliefs?
This is a Hindu people group that worships many Hindu gods along with local deities. They believe in supernatural elements and ancestral spirits that they hope will benefit them.

What are their needs?
They would like to have formal education for their children, but they have few educational opportunities due to their poor economic situation. Thus they have a low literacy rate. Unfortunately, they are dependent on money-lenders which puts them in a vulnerable situation economically. Money lenders in India are noted for charging usury.

Prayer Points
Pray that the Dandasi people will take the initiative to seek and find Christ, the only one who can give them life to the full. Pray that many of their headmen and community leaders will put their trust in Jesus.

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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:10 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:88,000
Largest States:
Odisha (81,000)Andhra Pradesh (5,300)
Tripura (200)Tamil Nadu (200)
Delhi (100)Telangana (100)
Total States on file:9
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Dandasi
People Name General: Dandasi
Alternate People Names:
Dandariदण्दसी
ROP3 Code: 111883
Joshua Project People ID: 16668
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 88,000
Population all Countries: 88,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Oriya
People Name General: Dandasi
Ethnic Code: CNN25l
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Odia (80,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ory    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Telugu (4,800)Hindi (1,400)
Pengo (200)Bengali (200)
Total Languages: 5
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.32 % 
Christianity1.08 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism98.60 % 
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
GSEC Status:Level 4   Greater than or equal to 2% Evangelical
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1811-1956
New Testament:
1809-2000Audio
Complete Bible: 1815-2004
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
 
 
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Odia
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoRivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible
Text / Printed MatterBible: ODIA - Oriya
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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Dandasi in India

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