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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