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Darjee in Bhutan


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,900 Nepali Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Darjee in Bhutan

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Introduction / History
If you look up "Darjee" in Wikipedia you will learn about Darjeeling tea in West Bengal, India; but you will see nothing about the Darjee people. The same results will happen if you do a Google search. The Darjee people group is also left out of Malony's Peoples of South Asia. The Darjee people are truly a hidden people, unnoticed by anthropologists, sociologists, and cultural geographers. However, they are not unknown to the God who loves them. They are only 30 to 40 percent literate, are low-caste Hindu and Nepali-speaking. Given their low literacy, they use oral methods of communicating rather than the printed word.

Where are they located?
Most Darjee people live in Nepal, but many have migrated to India's northeastern states or Bhutan.

What are their lives like?
A migrant community, the Darjee are sometimes known as Damai. They are non-vegetarian, and rice is their staple cereal. The Darjee women play a significant role in their economy by plucking tea-leaves in tea gardens for wages. The traditional occupation of the Darjee people is tailoring, but they are also noted musicians.

What are their beliefs?
Wherever they live, the Darjee people are Hindus who depend on various gods who cannot help them in their daily lives or transform their communities in a positive way. They regard Kuldevta as their household deity and also worship Vandevta.

What are their needs?
The Darjee people need to be respected and given dignity, since they are a low caste Hindu community. They need to find ways to earn a decent living.

Prayer Points
Pray for the Darjee people to find their hope and dignity in a relationship with Jesus Christ, the only Savior.
Pray for believers to take the gospel to the Darjee people in Bhutan and begin the process of discipling them in the ways of Jesus.
Pray for a strong Darjee church to emerge in Bhutan, India and Nepal.


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Country: Bhutan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:40 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:1,900
Largest Provinces:
Western (1,800)Eastern (40)
Southern (30)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Darjee
People Name General: Darjee
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 111878
Joshua Project People ID: 16664
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 1,900
Population all Countries: 604,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
People Name General: Darjee
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Nepali (1,900 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): npi    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism6.90 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism93.10 % 
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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Bible Portions: 1850-1961
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1914-2012
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsOnline Audio Scripture
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Nepali
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoNew Way (Naya Goreto)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralGospel resources links
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
Text / Printed MatterBible: Comic Book Version
Text / Printed MatterBible: Nepali
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Nepali
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path
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Text / Printed MatterTopical Scripture booklets and Bible stu ...
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Darjee in Bhutan

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People Cluster
    South Asia Dalit - other     Asia, South    
      Darjee Bhutan    
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