Teli, Hindu traditions in Nepal






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"A community which derives its name from the Sanskrit word talika or taila, used for the oil extracted from sesame and mustard, thus alluding to their traditional occupation... Mythological origin of the Teli is traced to Lord Shiva who created them to destroy five demons. However, their legend also says that the first Teli was created by Shiva to rub him with oil." (Singh, K. S., India's Communities, p. 3462)

Ministry Obstacles

The Teli may have little concept of a loving creator God who has made provision for the forgiveness of sin and for an abundant life.

Outreach Ideas

Several teams of workers will be needed for this large community that speaks many languages. Pray for workers.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are a few followers of Christ among the Teli community, pray they will hunger to learn of Christ, and follow him wholeheartedly.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray the Teli community will be able to properly provide for their families, and will have good schools available for their children. Pray for their material well-being as well as for their spiritual needs.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Teli, Hindu traditions
People Name in Country Teli, Hindu traditions
Population in Nepal 365,000
World Population 19,058,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Badbaik, Balu, Devi-Telikula, Gachhi, Gandla, Ganiga, Ganigaru, Ganita, Goundla, Gunigan, Gunija, Hansari, Harsolia, Kalu, Kanala, Malik, Maliks, Modh Ganchi, Murmi, Rathor, Sahu, Sahu Samaj, Somakshatriya, Taili, Tailik, Teli Telukula, Telikula, Telipal, Telwain, Tili, Tilwan, Vaniyan
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Teli, Hindu traditions
Ethnic Code CNN25r
People ID 18229
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file:  14  (up to 20 largest shown)
Janakpur (105,000) Narayani (93,000) Sagarmatha (78,000) Lumbini (34,000)
Kosi (33,000) Bagmati (9,000) Mechi (5,900) Bheri (4,400)
Gandaki (1,000) Seti (800) Rapti (300) Mahakali (200)
Karnali (200) Dhawalagiri (200)
Total States on file:  14  (up to 20 largest shown)
Janakpur (105,000) Narayani (93,000)
Sagarmatha (78,000) Lumbini (34,000)
Kosi (33,000) Bagmati (9,000)
Mechi (5,900) Bheri (4,400)
Gandaki (1,000) Seti (800)
Rapti (300) Mahakali (200)
Karnali (200) Dhawalagiri (200)
Languages & Dialects on file:  13  (up to 20 largest shown)
Maithili (262,000) Bhojpuri (77,000) Awadhi (16,000) Nepali (5,000)
Magahi (2,900) Hindi (2,400) Angika (2,100) Rajbanshi (600)
Kumaoni (100) Bengali (100) Dotyali (40) Dolpo
Magar, Western
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Maithili 262,000 Bhojpuri 77,000
Awadhi 16,000 Nepali 5,000
Magahi 2,900 Hindi 2,400
Angika 2,100 Rajbanshi 600
Kumaoni 100 Bengali 100
Dotyali 40 Dolpo
Magar, Western
For Primary Language: Maithili

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes
New Testament Yes   (2010)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible: jivən səndesh Text / Printed Matter
God's Story Video Film / Video
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Maithili Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Online Bible text (Scripture Earth) Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Oral Bible stories in Maithili Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.17 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.11 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.72 %
0.00 %
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: Joshua Project  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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