The name Tamang means "horse trader." They were involved with a long war with their rivals, the Gurkhas, who eventually defeated them. The Tamangs once had forced labor obligations. Their land was divided by clan. They have about 100 clans. Most of the Tamang live in Nepal or India, but there are smaller numbers of them in Bangladesh and Bhutan.
They are generally very poor, yet they enjoy festivals, music and cultural events. They have their own song and dance style called Tamang Selo. These songs can be about sorrow, humor, joy or satire. Their main festival is Sonam Lhochhar. It welcomes the new year in February or March.
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.
The Tamang community in India has a significant number of Christian believers. Perhaps these followers of Christ will carry the gospel to their own people in Nepal and Bangladesh.
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 Tamang community to be able to care well for their families, to find ways to generate income and meet basic needs. Pray for a powerful movement to Christ among Tamang families in Bangladesh.
Scripture Prayers for the Tamang in Bangladesh.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Tamang|
|People Name in Country||Tamang|
|Population this Country||700|
|Population all Countries||2,034,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Eastern Tamang; Ishang; Lama; Murmi; Nishang; Nishung; Tamanglama; तमंग|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||30 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||3|
|Primary Language||Tamang, Eastern (500 speakers)|
|Language Code||taj Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Tamang, Eastern
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (2011-2012)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||Source|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching||Global Recordings Network|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Tamang, Eastern||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||LUMO film of Gospels||Bible Media Group/LUMO|
|Film / Video||World Christian Videos||World Christian Videos|
|General||Bible for Children||Bible for Children|
|General||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|
|Mobile App||Download audio Bible app as APK file||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Tamang, Eastern||YouVersion Bibles|
|Text / Printed Matter||Download scripture in this language||eBible.org|
|Text / Printed Matter||The Ancient Path||Live Global|