Tamang in Nepal







Largest Religion

Main Language


Profile Source: Joshua Project


The name Tamang means "horse trader." They are generally very poor people. The majority of Tamang follow Tibetan Buddhism, but mix this heavily with animism and to a lesser extent, with Hinduism. Their priests, or lamas, have a dominant role in the community and perform ceremonies for funerals, etc. Perhaps the most powerful person in society, however, is the shaman, who exorcises demons and interacts with the spirit world. Most of the Tamang live in Nepal.

Ministry Obstacles

The area is more open to outsiders than it has been in previous times, but there is still some difficulty in entering.

Outreach Ideas

The smaller Tamang group in India has a signicant number of Christian believers. Perhaps these followers of Christ will see the need to carry the Gospel to the remainder of their own people in Nepal. Please pray to this end.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are some followers of Jesus today among the Tamang of Nepal. Pray for these, and for those others the Lord will soon bring to himself. Pray they will seek each other out in order to fellowship together. Pray they will be zealous to know Christ, and follow his ways.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for the entire Tamang community to be able to care well for their families, to find ways to generate income and meet basic needs. Pray they will make schooling a priority for their children.

Profile Source: Joshua Project

People Name General Tamang
People Name in Country Tamang
Population in Nepal 1,423,000
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Eastern Tamang, Ishang, Lama, Murmi, Nishang, Nishung, Tamanglama
Affinity Bloc Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster South Himalaya
People Name General Tamang
Ethnic Code MSY50z
Country Nepal
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Tamang, Eastern (677,000) Nepali (541,000) Tamang, Southwestern (109,000) Tamang, Western (61,000)
Tamang, Northwestern (60,000) Bhojpuri (54,000) Newar (40,000) Bantawa (24,000)
Maithili (11,000) Hindi (4,300) Kyerung (3,500) Rajbanshi (2,100)
Chamling (2,000) Bahing (1,800) Thulung (1,000) Kulung (800)
Musasa (700) Yamphu, Southern (600) Khaling (500) Tibetan, Central (500)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Tamang, Eastern 677,000 Nepali 541,000
Tamang, Southwestern 109,000 Tamang, Western 61,000
Tamang, Northwestern 60,000 Bhojpuri 54,000
Newar 40,000 Bantawa 24,000
Maithili 11,000 Hindi 4,300
Kyerung 3,500 Rajbanshi 2,100
Chamling 2,000 Bahing 1,800
Thulung 1,000 Kulung 800
Musasa 700 Yamphu, Southern 600
Khaling 500 Tibetan, Central 500
Largest Religion Buddhism
3.1%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
Other / Small
Photo Source: Philippe Tarbouriech Creative Commons: Yes
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl
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