Tanu in India

Joshua Project has identified the Tanu only in India
Population
45,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Apatani (or Tanu, as they describe themselves) are a well-known tribal community in Arunachal Pradesh, India.

Their society is made up of several clans: Dani, Dora, Dumper, Dusu, Haj, Hidi, Kago, Kimte, Miri, Nada, Nemko, Nemp, Nendin, Pemu, Plangang, Puna, Pura, Taku, Taro and Taru. These clans are divided up into two endogamous units. Traditionally, the clans of the Mora or Guchi division perform services for the clans of the Mith or Guth division.

Europeans first contacted the group in 1897. After subsequent contacts and construction of an outpost by the Assam Rifles in 1948, the Apatanis attacked. Two of their villages were burnt in retaliation.


Where Are they Located?

They live in the Lower Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Apatani are known for their use of large nose plugs by the women, although that practice is in decline, especially among the youth. The women were considered to be the most beautiful ones among all the Arunachal tribes. Men and women alike tattoo their faces, although this too is falling out of popularity. They are beginning to follow more modern traditions now, yet much remains intact of their customs.

They live in bamboo houses on stilts. The women cultivate vegetables and do many household chores as well as spinning cotton and weaving. Men also have a part in overseeing the agricultural aspect of the village and are seen as heads of their families. Their wet rice fields are irrigated using an effective system of canals.

A sacred pole and a sacred platform are constructed every four years and used for festivals and community events. They celebrate the festival of Myoko in March and the festival of Murung in January. Another very important festival, called Dree, is celebrated in many towns in Arunachal Pradesh.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Apatani follow the Donyi-Polo or Danyi-Piilo faith. They venerate the sun and the moon. They also believe in evil spirits who are to be appeased with animal sacrifices accompanied by chants lasting anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Tanu
People Name in Country Tanu
Population in India 45,000
World Population 45,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached No
Progress Scale 3
Alternate Names Apatani, टानू
People ID 16225
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 3
Largest States
Arunachal Pradesh (45,000) Assam (90) Mizoram (50)
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 3
Arunachal Pradesh (45,000) Assam (90)
Mizoram (50)
Primary Language: Apatani (32,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: apt   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 15
Secondary Languages:
Nyishi (9,900) Adi (800) Hindi (200)
Naga, Tase: Tangsa (20) Bengali (10) Assamese (10)
Monpa, Tawang Duruwa Garo
Naga, Nocte Telugu Nepali
Mundari Sherpa
Primary Language: Apatani (32,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: apt   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 15
Secondary Languages:
Nyishi (9,900) Adi (800)
Hindi (200) Naga, Tase: Tangsa (20)
Bengali (10) Assamese (10)
Monpa, Tawang (10) Duruwa (10)
Garo (10) Naga, Nocte (10)
Telugu (10) Nepali (0)
Mundari (0) Sherpa (0)
Primary Language: Apatani

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes
New Testament Yes   (2004)
Complete Bible No
 
Possible Print Bibles
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Unknown

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.23 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
8.72 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
4.65 %
Islam
0.37 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.02 %
Unknown
86.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source: Arif Siddiqui   Creative Commons  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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