Dowaniya in India

The Dowaniya have only been reported in India
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Dowaniya people are closely related to the Singhpo people who fled Burma in 1793. The ancestors of the Dowaniya people were also among those early Singhpo settlers. The Singhpo who were released from being serfs eventually morphed into the Dowaniya people. Their languages and histories share similarities. The Dowaniya usually speak Hindi and Assamese and use the Assamese script for writing.

Today the Indian government has not recognized the Dowaniya as a scheduled tribe, so their unofficial designation has caused them to be largely forgotten by the outside world.

Members of the Dowaniya community live in the north-east Indian state of Assam. They inhabit a number of different locations on the Assam plain, but many live in the district of Sibsagar, a short distance from the Brahmaputra River.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Dowaniya people retain their traditional customs to this day. They have managed to keep the all-pervading Hindu culture at arm's length, especially those Dowaniya living further away from the towns. One source notes that they are experts in woodcraft, basketry and weaving.


What Are Their Beliefs?

When the Singhpo first entered India, they brought their belief in Theravada Buddhism with them. Most Dowaniya have continued as Buddhists, although their faith is now mixed with Hinduistic and animistic influences. They have their own Buddhist monks, who preside over birth rituals, weddings and funerals, and are also entrusted with the preservation of the ancient Buddhist texts.


What Are Their Needs?

There are no known Christian believers among the Dowaniya people. Throughout their long and troubled history, they have been waiting to hear the good news that Jesus loves them and has made a way for them to know the true God.


Prayer Points

Pray for workers to go to the Dowaniya people, and for their hearts to be ready to receive their savior.

Pray for families of believers loving and serving others to grow reproducing churches.

Pray for a chain reaction of families reaching families that results in thousands of new believers who share their faith with others.

Pray for grace and truth expanding into their entire society as all believers learn to love others.


Scripture Prayers for the Dowaniya in India.


References

Peoples of the Buddhist World, Asia Harvest, Copyrighted © Used with permission


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-08-30
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-08-25
People Name General Dowaniya
People Name in Country Dowaniya
Population this Country 3,400
Population all Countries 3,400
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Diyang; Dumeha; Gunja; Lingkhi; Ringdo; Viza; डोवनिया
People ID 19194
ROP3 Code 115491
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Approximately 3,000 members of the Dowaniya community live in the north-east Indian state of Assam. They inhabit a number of different locations on the Assam plain, but many live in the district of Sibsagar, a short distance from the Brahmaputra River.   Source:  Peoples of the Buddhist World, 2004
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 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Approximately 3,000 members of the Dowaniya community live in the north-east Indian state of Assam. They inhabit a number of different locations on the Assam plain, but many live in the district of Sibsagar, a short distance from the Brahmaputra River..   Source:  Peoples of the Buddhist World, 2004
Total States 1
  Assam 3,400
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
100.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Assamese (1,300 speakers)
Language Code asm   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Hindi
100
Primary Language Assamese (1,300 speakers)
Language Code asm   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 100
People Groups Speaking Assamese

Primary Language:  Assamese

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1822-1974)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1819-1993)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1833-2022)
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
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