Tamboli, Muslim in Nepal






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Tamboli or Tambuli (also Barai) derive their name from the Sanskrit term for 'betal leaves' (tambula). Tambul or betal leaf packing has commonly been the primary source of income for thousands of Tamboli as they bundle and sell the betalnut and betal leaf product. The Tamboli live in India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Today the Tamboli can still be found in India in the tradition business of cultivating the piper betal plant or the areca nut or packaging the leaves in 200 leaf packs for sale and distribution, though not all remain in this profession. Scores of Tamboli , because of a higher or 'clean' caste status, can be found in small business trading and as hardware shop owners. About 90% of Tamboli are Hindus but the other 10% are Muslims and trace this heritage back to conversion from Hinduism. It is believed that about a quarter of the Tamboli in Nepal are Muslims and they primarily speak the Maithili language.

What Are Their Needs?

Little to no ministry work has ever been done among the Tamboli and despite this large population there are no known Christians among them. Pray that the betal leaf and areca nut industry could be penetrated with the Gospel so that many Tamboli whether Muslims or Hindus could know the God who created them.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-09-22
People Name General Tamboli, Muslim
People Name in Country Tamboli, Muslim
Population in Nepal 800
World Population 238,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Barae, Barai, Baraj, Bari, Barui, Baseeth, Chaurasia, Gurav, Purbia, Tambakugar, Tambli, Tambuli, Tamkhera, Tamoli, Tamuli, Taoli, Twasha Kasar
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Name General Tamboli, Muslim
Ethnic Code CNN25r
People ID 17688
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Narayani (300) Janakpur (300) Bheri (200) Sagarmatha (80)
Total States on file:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Narayani (300) Janakpur (300)
Bheri (200) Sagarmatha (80)
Languages & Dialects on file:  3  (up to 20 largest shown)
Urdu (400) Maithili (200) Bhojpuri (200)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Urdu 400 Maithili 200
Bhojpuri 200
For Primary Language: Urdu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1747-1894)
New Testament Yes   (1758-2000)
Complete Bible Yes   (1843-1998)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Revised Urdu Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bible: UGV Devanagari Text / Printed Matter
Bible: اردو جیو ورژن Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Text / Printed Matter
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Urdu Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online New Testament - Easy to Read (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online New Testament - Pakistan Bible Society (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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