Tamboli (Hindu traditions) in Nepal


Population
77,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

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

* 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  

People Name General Tamboli (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Tamboli (Hindu traditions)
Population in Nepal 77,000
World Population 2,179,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Progress Scale 1
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
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 25  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 11
Largest States
Janakpur
27,000
Narayani
20,000
Lumbini
13,000
Sagarmatha
12,000
Kosi
1,900
Mechi
1,000
Bagmati
700
Bheri
400
Gandaki
100
Seti
90
Rapti
10
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 25  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 11
  Janakpur 27,000
  Narayani 20,000
  Lumbini 13,000
  Sagarmatha 12,000
  Kosi 1,900
  Mechi 1,000
  Bagmati 700
  Bheri 400
  Gandaki 100
  Seti 90
  Rapti 10
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Maithili (46,000 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri
26,000
Awadhi
7,200
Nepali
1,000
Magahi
200
Angika
100
Rajbanshi
50
Hindi
10
Other People Groups Speaking Maithili
Primary Language Maithili (46,000 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri 26,000
  Awadhi 7,200
  Nepali 1,000
  Magahi 200
  Angika 100
  Rajbanshi 50
  Hindi 10
People Groups Speaking Maithili

Primary Language:  Maithili

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2010)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Maithili
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Good News (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Maithili
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible: jivən səndesh
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.07 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.05 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.88 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Gerald Roberts 
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source David Kugel  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest Nepal census data.  Current values may differ.




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