Their name comes from the Hindi word, Tant, which means loom. The Tanti are said to have originated as the weavers, providers of cloth, back in history as far as ancient Bengal. They were known for great skill in weaving and the ability to produce both fine linens as well as more common everyday fabrics. Not too long ago, virtually every Tanti home would have had a loom and cloth present.
The Tanti people tend to live in villages outside of major metropolitan areas. They are slightly less concentrated than some groups because their designation started with their occupation rather than a particular tribe or group. They tend to be mixed with other lower caste groups that are also spread throughout the region. This makes it difficult to identify any one area as specifically "tanti". There are, however, villages that have been found to be primarily Tanti scattered throughout the areas mentioned, again with concentrations occurring mostly in Bihar.
The greatest concentration is believed to be in India's state of Bihar. There are also some to the west in Uttar Pradesh, and east in West Bengal, as well as Bangladesh. Finally, they have also been documented south into Orissa. A small number have moved north to Bhutan and Nepal.
Today, much of their trade has been taken over by factory production and imported goods. Many are now doing subsistence level work either of weaving or other manual labor within villages. They often do not have clean water or steady food supply.
In relation to the rest of Hindu society, they are seen as being part of the backward castes or the scheduled classes ("Dalit"). Evidence has been seen of both designations. Regardless of which is exactly right, they are definitely considered among the lower castes in Hindu society. A few have moved into cities and achieved an education and greater roles in society. This is still, however, limited to a small percentage of the overall people group.
Even those who live in Tibetan Buddhist Bhutan are Hindu. None of them have put their faith in Jesus Christ, so they remain an unreached people group.
They have a great need for clean water help with sanitation issues. Since so much of this group is found in rural India, they do not have ready access either to sanitation or medical facilities. Some groups are trying to help this situation by providing funds for water wells.
* Scripture Prayers for the Tanti (Hindu traditions) in Bhutan.
* Pray that the Tanti people will find and embrace the Lord, who will accept them no matter what mankind thinks of them.
* Pray for believers to reach out to these people.
* Pray for a strong disciple making movement among the Tanti people in India and Bhutan.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Tanti (Hindu traditions)|
|People Name in Country||Tanti (Hindu traditions)|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Asan; Bansi; Bansi-Tanti; Chaupal; Choupal; Cuttack Tanti; Ganesh; Hansi; Hansi Tanti; Hansia; Kalahari; Kondria; Pan; Pan Tanti; Saibasia; Sambalpuri; Sambalpuria; Sawasi; Sowasi; Swati; Tanti; Tantripal; Tantubai; Tantubaya; Tantuwal; Tatma; Tatoya; Tattama; Tattawa; Tatwa; Tonti; Totla; तंती (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)|
|Persecution Rank||45 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||3|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Language Code||ben Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Bengali
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1801-1984)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible stories in Bengali|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Following Jesus (India, JF Project)|
|Film / Video||God's Love Story|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Indigitube.tv Video / Animation|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Bengali|
|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 Prophets' Story|
|Film / Video||The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well|
|Film / Video||The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen|