Dalu in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Dalu are an indigenous people in India and Bangladesh that traces their ancestry to Bobhrubahan. Their people were ousted from Tripura, and they settled for a time in Assam before spreading out into other nearby locations including what is now Odisha and West Bengal.


Where Are they Located?

Most of the Dalu people live in the Indian states of Odisha and West Bengal, though some live in Bangladesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

These are landless farmers. About 90 percent of these peaceful people do not own the land they farm. They also suffer from illiteracy.

The Dalu people rice and various meats. They also drink a homemade fermented rice drink, even though alcohol is forbidden in Islam. There are a couple of Dalu clans, and people cannot marry outside of their clan without paying a heavy penalty.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Dalu people are Muslims who probably converted from Hinduism hundreds of years ago. Even now, their form of Sunni Islam is compromised by their ancestor's Hindu beliefs and practices. Some sources consider the Dalu people to be Hindu.


What Are Their Needs?

The Dalu people need to see living Christianity in action. They need to know that a relationship with Jesus Christ helps families and communities to flourish, including theirs if they would only allow for it!


Prayer Points

Pray for grace and truth expanding into the entire Dalu society as all believers learn to love others.
Pray for families of believers loving and serving others to grow reproducing churches.
Pray for workers to go to the Dalu people, and for their hearts to be ready to receive their Savior.


Scripture Prayers for the Dalu in India.


References

http://en.banglapedia.org/index.php?title=Dalu


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Dalu
People Name in Country Dalu
Population this Country 22,000
Population all Countries 33,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Dalere; Dalua; Dolapati; डालु
People ID 16663
ROP3 Code 111877
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 4
Largest States
West Bengal
20,000
Meghalaya
700
Tripura
300
Odisha
60
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 4
  West Bengal 20,000
  Meghalaya 700
  Tripura 300
  Odisha 60
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (18,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Hajong
200
Primary Language Bengali (18,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Hajong 200
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1809-2022)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Love Story General / Other
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rivka video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Prophets' Story Create International
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well Create International
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen Create International
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more