Darzi Mathuria (Muslim traditions) in India

The Darzi Mathuria (Muslim traditions) have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
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Evangelical
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Darzi originally lived in Central Asia and migrated to India long ago. An Indian legend says that the god Parasurama was pursuing two brothers to destroy them and they found haven in a Hindu temple. A priest hid them and gave one brother the task of sewing dresses and the other dyeing cloth. The Darzi are said to be the descendants of the first brother and therefore, Darzis are most commonly tailors. Though the majority are Hindu, about one-third have converted to Islam.


Where Are they Located?

Uttar Pradesh has the largest population of Darzis, but there are sizable populations in several states of India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Typically, Darzis work in cities and towns practicing their trade of dying, sewing, and making clothing. They sell their clothes in shops and in village markets. Some of them sell ready-made clothes. Darzi women are very adept at embroidery.

They are endogamous, that is, they marry within their group. Darzi young people marry as adults. Monogamy or marriage to one spouse is the general rule while polygamy is accepted. Families often arrange marriages to cement clan ties.

Darzis occupy a middle ground of social status. As tailors they enjoy close relations with other tradesmen. Girls are not encouraged to get an education. Boys strive to obtain a higher education. When they do, they often rise above the status of a tailor.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Because of the Darzi's openness to business and upward social status, there is a great opportunity to offer outside assistance to develop new markets and ways to help them grow their businesses. Pray that the church can love the Darzi people like God does, enough to offer micro loans and other development programs.


What Are Their Needs?

Most Darzi are Hindu, the predominant religion of India, but many are Muslim. Many of them are part of the Namdev Sect, which was founded in the 12th or 13th century by a tailor. The Hindus often worship Shiva, Shakti, Kali, Durga, Chandi, and Bhawani. Like other business communities, they are fond of Ganesh, the god who helps one overcome obstacles. Ganesh is especially important to a Darzi who is starting a business since he offers an auspicious start. Darzis often bow to their tools at the beginning of the work day to ensure a profitable day. Like other Hindus they make pilgrimages to holy Hindu temples and shrines. They celebrate the major Hindu holidays of Holi, the spring and color festival, Dwali, the festival of lights and Janamashtami, Krishna's birthday.


Prayer Points

Pray for workers to go to the Darzi people, and for their hearts to be ready to receive their Savior.
Pray for networks of believing families and fellowships that will throw the doors open for others to follow Jesus.
Pray for the Lord to bless the families among the Darzi communities with His presence and mercy.
Pray for believers among this people group to disciple others who will disciple still others.
Pray for Bible believing fellowships and churches among the Hindu and Muslim Darzi people.


Scripture Prayers for the Darzi Mathuria (Muslim traditions) in India.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17513/IN
https://peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/darzi/
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2014/10/08
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darzi
https://ipfs.io/ipfs/QmXoypizjW3WknFiJnKLwHCnL72vedxjQkDDP1mXWo6uco/wiki/Darzi.html


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Darzi Mathuria (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Darzi Mathuria (Muslim traditions)
Population this Country 9,500
Population all Countries 9,500
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names दर्ज़ी मतूरिया (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 21128
ROP3 Code 117952
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
Uttar Pradesh
8,600
Bihar
600
Uttarakhand
200
Madhya Pradesh
100
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
  Uttar Pradesh 8,600
  Bihar 600
  Uttarakhand 200
  Madhya Pradesh 100
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Urdu (8,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri
30
Primary Language Urdu (8,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri 30
People Groups Speaking Urdu

Primary Language:  Urdu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1747-1894)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1758-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1843-2022)
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 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 Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Audio Recordings Urdu Online Audio Bible General / Other
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 Urdu 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 Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Hope Video Mars Hill Media
Film / Video The Prophets' Story Create International
Film / Video The Savior 6 - The Lord's Prayer Create International
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.
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