Tanu in India

Joshua Project has identified the Tanu only in India

Population

36,800

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Anonymous


Introduction / History

The Apatani (or Tanu, as they describe themselves) are a well-known tribal community in Arunachal Pradesh, India.

Their society is made up of several clans: Dani, Dora, Dumper, Dusu, Haj, Hidi, Kago, Kimte, Miri, Nada, Nemko, Nemp, Nendin, Pemu, Plangang, Puna, Pura, Taku, Taro and Taru. These clans are divided up into two endogamous units. Traditionally, the clans of the Mora or Guchi division perform services for the clans of the Mith or Guth division.

Europeans first contacted the group in 1897. After subsequent contacts and construction of an outpost by the Assam Rifles in 1948, the Apatanis attacked. Two of their villages were burnt in retaliation.


Where are they Located?

They live in the Lower Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh.


What are Their Lives Like?

The Apatani are known for their use of large nose plugs by the women, although that practice is in decline, especially among the youth. The women were considered to be the most beautiful ones among all the Arunachal tribes. Men and women alike tattoo their faces, although this too is falling out of popularity. They are beginning to follow more modern traditions now, yet much remains intact of their customs.

They live in bamboo houses on stilts. The women cultivate vegetables and do many household chores as well as spinning cotton and weaving. Men also have a part in overseeing the agricultural aspect of the village and are seen as heads of their families. Their wet rice fields are irrigated using an effective system of canals.

A sacred pole and a sacred platform are constructed every four years and used for festivals and community events. They celebrate the festival of Myoko in March and the festival of Murung in January. Another very important festival, called Dree, is celebrated in many towns in Arunachal Pradesh.


What are Their Beliefs?

The Apatani follow the Donyi-Polo or Danyi-Piilo faith. They venerate the sun and the moon. They also believe in evil spirits who are to be appeased with animal sacrifices accompanied by chants lasting anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours.




Profile Source: Anonymous

People Name General Tanu
People Name in Country Tanu
Population in India 36,800
Progress Scale 2.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Apatani
Affinity Bloc Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster South Himalaya
People Name General Tanu
Ethnic Code MSY50q
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Apatani (27,000) Nyishi (9,600) Adi (500) Hindi (200)
Naga, Tase (20) Bengali (10) Assamese (Unknown) Monpa, Tawang (Unknown)
Duruwa (Unknown) Nepali (Unknown) Garo (Unknown) Telugu (Unknown)
Naga, Nocte (Unknown) Mundari (Unknown) Sherpa (Unknown)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Apatani 27,000 Nyishi 9,600
Adi 500 Hindi 200
Naga, Tase 20 Bengali 10
Assamese 10 Monpa, Tawang 10
Duruwa 10 Nepali 10
Garo 10 Telugu 10
Naga, Nocte 0 Mundari 0
Sherpa 0
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes
New Testament Yes   (2004)
Complete Bible No
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.13 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
15.08 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
8.13 %
Islam
0.01 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
76.64 %
Photo Source: Arif Siddiqui Creative Commons: Yes
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl
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