Tamang in Nepal


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Introduction

The name Tamang means "horse trader." They are generally very poor people. 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. Most of the Tamang live in Nepal.


Ministry Obstacles

The area is more open to outsiders than it has been in previous times, but there is still some difficulty in entering.


Outreach Ideas

The smaller Tamang group in India has a signicant number of Christian believers. Perhaps these followers of Christ will see the need to carry the Gospel to the remainder of their own people in Nepal. Please pray to this end.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

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 People Group

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 they will make schooling a priority for their children.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2012-07-19
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-08-16
People Name General Tamang
People Name in Country Tamang
Population in Nepal 1,492,000
World Population 1,732,400
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 29
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Eastern Tamang, Ishang, Lama, Murmi, Nishang, Nishung, Tamanglama, तमंग
People ID 18212
ROP3 Code 102861
Affinity Bloc Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster South Himalaya
People Group Tamang
Ethnic Code MSY50z
Total Subgroups on file 18
Largest Subgroups
(only 15 largest shown)
Lasa
1,600
Bal
300
Bomyan
300
Bopchan
300
Domjan
300
Dong
300
Grongder
300
Gyapole
300
Jhimpa
300
Lopchan
300
Moklan
300
Pakkrin
300
Syngho
300
Thing
300
Thokar
300
Affinity Bloc Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster South Himalaya
People Group Tamang
Ethnic Code MSY50z
Total Subgroups 18 (only 15 largest shown)
  Lasa 1,600
  Bal 300
  Bomyan 300
  Bopchan 300
  Domjan 300
  Dong 300
  Grongder 300
  Gyapole 300
  Jhimpa 300
  Lopchan 300
  Moklan 300
  Pakkrin 300
  Syngho 300
  Thing 300
  Thokar 300
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 14
Largest States
Bagmati
711,000
Narayani
290,000
Janakpur
203,000
Kosi
90,000
Sagarmatha
63,000
Mechi
61,000
Gandaki
43,000
Karnali
13,000
Lumbini
8,500
Seti
3,300
Bheri
3,000
Mahakali
3,000
Dhaulagiri
1,600
Rapti
1,000
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 14
  Bagmati 711,000
  Narayani 290,000
  Janakpur 203,000
  Kosi 90,000
  Sagarmatha 63,000
  Mechi 61,000
  Gandaki 43,000
  Karnali 13,000
  Lumbini 8,500
  Seti 3,300
  Bheri 3,000
  Mahakali 3,000
  Dhaulagiri 1,600
  Rapti 1,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Tamang, Eastern (884,000 speakers)
Language Code taj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 31
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Tamang, Western
345,000
Nepali
165,000
Tamang, Eastern Gorkha
121,000
Sherpa
3,300
Bantawa
3,200
Lepcha
1,900
Bhojpuri
1,900
Maithili
1,500
Chamling
1,300
Wambule
900
Sampang
800
Musasa
700
Kham, Western Parbate
500
Dotyali
400
Humla
400
Other People Groups Speaking Tamang, Eastern
Primary Language Tamang, Eastern (884,000 speakers)
Language Code taj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 31
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Tamang, Western 345,000
  Nepali 165,000
  Tamang, Eastern Gorkha 121,000
  Sherpa 3,300
  Bantawa 3,200
  Lepcha 1,900
  Bhojpuri 1,900
  Maithili 1,500
  Chamling 1,300
  Wambule 900
  Sampang 800
  Musasa 700
  Kham, Western Parbate 500
  Dotyali 400
  Humla 400
People Groups Speaking Tamang, Eastern

Primary Language:  Tamang, Eastern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2005)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2011)
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 Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tamang, Eastern
Text / Printed Matter Bible: परमेश्वरला बचन छार कबुल
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
83.40 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
5.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
11.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.50 %
Unknown
0.10 %
Photo Source Kerry Olson 
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
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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