Tamboli, Hindu in India







Largest Religion

Main Language


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Introduction / History

The Tamboli can go by the names Tambuli, Tamli and Tamuli. Their name comes from the word for the betel leaf which is "tambul", a Sanskrit word. They are said to have Brahmin influences. Many of the Tamboli call themselves Suryavanshi to do with the sun god Surya.

The Tamboli have relations with the so called clean castes and they do not accept things from the low castes. The Tamboli grow and sell betel and areca nuts. Some have businesses and some work for the government and also privately. Children can do easier work on family farms. Most Tamboli are non vegetarian except in Rajasthan. Not many can read or write. Education is less for girls than for boys.

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.

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.

In Uttarh Pradesh they speak Hindi and write in Devnagari. Oriya is the language in Orissa and Bengali in West Bengal. In Bihar they speak Hindi and Megahi and write in Devnagari too.



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People Name General Tamboli, Hindu
People Name in Country Tamboli, Hindu
Population in India 1,716,000
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
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi (649,000) Bengali (353,000) Marathi (290,000) Kannada (96,000)
Bhojpuri (84,000) Awadhi (60,000) Oriya (56,000) Konkani, Goan (51,000)
Telugu (36,000) Maithili (36,000) Chhattisgarhi (22,000) Kanauji (16,000)
Tamil (9,800) Bundeli (9,200) Konkani (8,400) Khandesi (6,700)
Magahi (6,600) Malvi (4,600) Ahirani (3,700) Bagheli (3,100)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 649,000 Bengali 353,000
Marathi 290,000 Kannada 96,000
Bhojpuri 84,000 Awadhi 60,000
Oriya 56,000 Konkani, Goan 51,000
Telugu 36,000 Maithili 36,000
Chhattisgarhi 22,000 Kanauji 16,000
Tamil 9,800 Bundeli 9,200
Konkani 8,400 Khandesi 6,700
Magahi 6,600 Malvi 4,600
Ahirani 3,700 Bagheli 3,100
Largest Religion Hinduism
0.00%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
Other / Small
Photo Source: Gerald Roberts
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl
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