Tamboli (Hindu traditions) in India


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Subgroups: 33 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
Barai 164,000
Chaurasia 108,000
Jaiswal 44,000
Gurav 34,000
Kumawat 28,000
Magahi 26,000
Tirhutia 26,000
Kathyar 25,000
Ashtagrami 15,000
Bardhamani 15,000

Introduction / History

The Tamboli are a people of India traditionally associated with the production and distribution of the betel leaf and areca nut. Millions of people of South Asia and the Pacific chew areca or betel nut as a mild stimulant as many Westerners drink coffee or tea. In fact, the name Tamboli comes from a Sanskrit word meaning "betel leaf." Most Tamboli speak Hindi and another regional language.


Where Are they Located?

The Hindu Tamboli live across central and northern India. Most Tamboli live in the Indian states of Maharashtra, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Entire Tamboli families work in the betel nut industry. Children often quit school at the age of nine or ten to help their family business. Women and girls frequently have only minimal level of education. The betel vine must have moist, fertilized soil or the plant will not flourish. Chewing betel leaves is a common practice in social occasions in South Asia.

Other Tamboli work as farm laborers, in government or commerce.

The Tamboli are usually monogamous, which means married to one person. They marry within their community. Only males can inherit property. A council of elder men rules and dispenses justice within a Tamboli village.

The Tamboli eat fish, chicken, mutton but refrain from beef and pork. Most of their diet consists of grains, vegetables and fruit.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Tamboli are Hindu. They worship gods and goddesses like Krishna, Shiva, Rama, Ganesh, Lakshmi and Hanuman. They observe the main Hindu holidays of Holi and Diwali. Some Tamboli cremate their dead while others bury the dead. They will probably seek the help of a shaman for their health problems before visiting a modern medical professional.


What Are Their Needs?

Long term chewing of betel nut and leaf is destructive to one's health. The side effects of chronic chewing betel include cancers of the mouth and esophagus, kidney, liver and heart disease and psychiatric disorders. The Tamboli need other business opportunities that do not damage human health.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Tamboli (Hindu traditions) in India.

* Pray that Indian Christians would reach out and befriend the Tamboli.
* Pray that God would lead Christians to help them in their business, health and educational needs.
* Pray the Tamboli would develop a hunger for the gospel and Word of God.
* Pray that the Lord would lead the Tamboli to obtain and read the Hindi Bibles that are currently available.


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-10-29
People Name General Tamboli (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Tamboli (Hindu traditions)
World Population 2,171,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 37
Alternate Names Badi, Barae, Barai, Baran, Bari, Barui, Buro, Chourasia, Gurav, Gurov, Gurrat, Jamboli, Kumawat, Pandaram, Panwari, Phulari, Shiva Brahman, Shiva Brahmin, Tambala, Tambat, Tambiran, Tambli, Tamboli, Tambuli, Tamdi, Tamil Jain, Tamkhera, Tamli, Tamliwandlu, Tammali, Tamoli, Tamuli, Taoli, Twasha Kambli, Twasha Kasar, तंबोली (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 18210
ROP3 Code 113730
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster South Asia Hindu - Other
People Group Tamboli (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25b
Total Subgroups 33 (only 15 largest shown)
  Barai 164,000
  Chaurasia 108,000
  Jaiswal 44,000
  Gurav 34,000
  Kumawat 28,000
  Magahi 26,000
  Tirhutia 26,000
  Kathyar 25,000
  Ashtagrami 15,000
  Bardhamani 15,000
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 26
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Maharashtra
428,000
West Bengal
419,000
Bihar
280,000
Uttar Pradesh
275,000
Madhya Pradesh
213,000
Odisha
60,000
Karnataka
55,000
Chhattisgarh
31,000
Telangana
30,000
Jharkhand
20,000
Goa
19,000
Tamil Nadu
10,000
Rajasthan
5,000
Haryana
4,900
Delhi
3,900
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 26  (only 20 largest shown)
  Maharashtra 428,000
  West Bengal 419,000
  Bihar 280,000
  Uttar Pradesh 275,000
  Madhya Pradesh 213,000
  Odisha 60,000
  Karnataka 55,000
  Chhattisgarh 31,000
  Telangana 30,000
  Jharkhand 20,000
  Goa 19,000
  Tamil Nadu 10,000
  Rajasthan 5,000
  Haryana 4,900
  Delhi 3,900
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (662,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 35
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bengali
363,000
Marathi
323,000
Bhojpuri
85,000
Kannada
67,000
Awadhi
59,000
Odia
56,000
Maithili
40,000
Konkani, Goan
40,000
Telugu
33,000
Chhattisgarhi
23,000
Kanauji
16,000
Bundeli
10,000
Konkani
9,100
Tamil
8,200
Magahi
6,900
Primary Language Hindi (662,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 35
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bengali 363,000
  Marathi 323,000
  Bhojpuri 85,000
  Kannada 67,000
  Awadhi 59,000
  Odia 56,000
  Maithili 40,000
  Konkani, Goan 40,000
  Telugu 33,000
  Chhattisgarhi 23,000
  Kanauji 16,000
  Bundeli 10,000
  Konkani 9,100
  Tamil 8,200
  Magahi 6,900
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1818-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.92 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.08 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Gerald Roberts 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source David Kugel  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.