Tal in Nigeria

Joshua Project has identified the Tal only in Nigeria





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Tal people live in villages of up to 4,000 people in a very mountainous region of Nigeria. Until recently, they have had no electricity and poor educational and medical facilities. Although they live harmoniously with neighboring groups, others look down on them because of their language and culture. However, for the most part, they have maintained identity as a people and not assimilated to the dominant culture around them.

Known for their skill and bravery as hunters, the Tal live off what they hunt and what they raise in their fields. Parents often give their babies names that reflect places and events such as names of villages, wars, famine, and even market days which refer to the situation, place or time when the baby was born.

What Are Their Beliefs?

A Nigerian man first introduced Christianity to the Tal people in the early 1960s. However, most Tal, especially the older people, practice traditional religion. Even many of those who are nominally Christian mix animistic beliefs and practices with their faith. Although a major world religion in the area has not yet made inroads into among the Tal people, it appears that traditional religious beliefs and practices are gaining ground.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Tal
People Name in Country Tal
Population in Nigeria 28,000
World Population 28,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Chadic
People Name General Tal
Ethnic Code NAB60b
People ID 15210
Country Nigeria
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Plateau state, Pankshin LGA.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Tal (29,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Tal 29,000
For Primary Language: Tal

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film Film / Video
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 7.00 %)
30.00 %
Ethnic Religions
60.00 %
0.00 %
10.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
20.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
60.0 %
Roman Catholic
20.0 %
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Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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