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Dangashia in India



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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
4,300 Gujarati Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Dangashia in India

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Introduction / History
The 7,500 Dangashia people were given a bum rap centuries ago. According to their legends, one of their community members was forced to move an animal carcass. Though he did not touch it, his descendants were treated as untouchables, because such work is for the low status untouchables.

They are actually a weaving community that produces wool products. Most of them live in rural communities, but they are landless. The Dangashias live in Gujarat, a state in western India, and they speak the Gujarati language.

Traditionally the Dangashias had arranged marriages, but most of them marry for love in today's world. They still maintain many traditions that are associated with marriage. For example, they participate in an engagement ceremony two or three years before the marriage. After the wedding, the bride and groom worship their clan deity. And like many other Hindu groups there is a bride price that is paid by the bride's father before the wedding.

In each Dangashia village, elderly people look after community welfare and social control. Everyone in the community must obey them in matters related to the distribution of property, remarriage, divorce, and education. For this reason, their elders hold much power.

What are their beliefs?
The Dangashias are entirely Hindu, and they worship Krishna, Ram, and other Hindu gods. Since they speak Gujarati, there are all kinds of evangelistic materials available in their tongue. However, evangelism and church planting is very difficult in this state that is favorable to militant Hinduism.

Prayer Points
* Pray for the gospel to break through among the Dangashia people.
* Pray that many of them will seek out Christ for themselves, and be led to those who can explain the way of the Savior.
* Pray that the JESUS Film, gospel recordings, and radio broadcasts will find their way into Dangashia villages.

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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:4,300
Largest States:
Gujarat (4,300)
Total States on file:2
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Dangashia
People Name General: Dangashia
Alternate People Names:
Dangarदंगशिया
ROP3 Code: 111885
Joshua Project People ID: 16670
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 4,300
Population all Countries: 4,300
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Gujarati
People Name General: Dangashia
Ethnic Code: CNN25e
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Gujarati (4,100 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): guj    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Hindi (100)
Total Languages: 2
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism100.00 % 
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
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1809-1965
New Testament:
1820-1985Audio
Complete Bible: 1823-2005
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture / Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoCreation to Christ
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Gujarati
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible
Text / Printed MatterBible: ગુજરાતી - Gujarati
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterFather's Love Letter
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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Dangashia in India

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