Tamboli, Hindu in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Tamboli can go by the names Tambuli, Tamli and Tamuli. Their name comes from the word "tambool" which means "big leaf" in Sanskrit. They sell betel leaves and this is what their name derives from. They are said to have Brahmin influences. Many of the Tamboli call themselves Suryavanshi to do with the sun god Surya.

Where are they Located?

The Tamboli Hindu live in Uttarh Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar and Orissa. They also live in Rajasthan where they are called Chaurasia.

What are Their Lives Like?

The Tamboli mix with castes above them, but not with lower castes. Castes above them will accept food and water from the Tamboli.

Traditionally they grow and sell betel, but some work in government or private sector jobs. Some work as farm laborers. Not many can read or write. Education is less for girls than for boys.

Most Tamboli are non-vegetarian but still refrain from eating beef and pork.

Tamboli marriages have to be at community level. Monogamy is the most common way in marriage. There are few divorces. Tamboli women, though considered lower than men, have a say in families and some work as teachers among other things.

Family property is given to the sons and not the daughters. There must be no interaction between father-in-laws and daughter-in-laws nor with the brother of the husband and the wife of the younger brother. The Tamboli caste council in the villages judges on things like divorce, adultery and stealing. Fines are often given.

The Tamboli usually speak the language of their region.



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Global Prayer Digest: 2010-10-29
People Name General Tamboli, Hindu
People Name in Country Tamboli, Hindu
Population in India 1,716,000
World Population 1,951,000
Countries 5
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Barae, Barai, Baran, Bari, Barui, Buro, Gurav, Gurrat, Jamboli, Kumawat, Pandaram, Panwari, Phulari, Shiva Brahman, Tambala, Tambat, Tambiran, Tambli, Tambuli, Tamdi, Tamil Jain, Tamkhera, Tamliwandlu, Tammali, Tamoli, Tamuli, Taoli, Twasha Kambli, Twasha Kasar
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Tamboli, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN25b
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution rankinging, )
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi (650,000) Bengali (353,000) Marathi (281,000) Kannada (97,000)
Bhojpuri (84,000) Awadhi (60,000) Oriya (56,000) Konkani, Goan (42,000)
Telugu (36,000) Maithili (36,000) Chhattisgarhi (23,000) Kanauji (16,000)
Tamil (10,000) Konkani (9,200) Bundeli (9,200) Khandesi (6,700)
Magahi (6,600) Malvi (4,600) Ahirani (3,700) Gujarati (3,100)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 650,000 Bengali 353,000
Marathi 281,000 Kannada 97,000
Bhojpuri 84,000 Awadhi 60,000
Oriya 56,000 Konkani, Goan 42,000
Telugu 36,000 Maithili 36,000
Chhattisgarhi 23,000 Kanauji 16,000
Tamil 10,000 Konkani 9,200
Bundeli 9,200 Khandesi 6,700
Magahi 6,600 Malvi 4,600
Ahirani 3,700 Gujarati 3,100
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
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Audio Recordings Global Recordings
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Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
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Film / Video God's Story Video
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Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
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General Bible Visuals
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Printed Matter Christ for the Nations
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Global Prayer Digest: 2010-10-29

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.81 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.19 %
0.00 %
Photo Source: Gerald Roberts  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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