Tanti (Hindu traditions) in Bhutan


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Introduction / History

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.


Where Are they Located?

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.


What Are Their Lives Like?

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.


What Are Their Beliefs?

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.


What Are Their Needs?

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.


Prayer Points

* 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.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/18217/NP
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanti
http://tantubaicommunity.blogspot.com/2015/06/tantubaitanti-community.html


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Tanti (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Tanti (Hindu traditions)
Population in Bhutan 900
World Population 4,884,900
Total Countries 4
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
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)
People ID 18217
ROP3 Code 113743
Country Bhutan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 33  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 3
Largest States
Western
700
Eastern
200
Southern
50
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Bhutan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 33  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 3
  Western 700
  Eastern 200
  Southern 50
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Assamese
Primary Language Bengali
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Assamese
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1809-2000)
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 - 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 Story Video
Film / Video I Am Guilty (Indigitube.tv)
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 Burning Heart (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
4.88 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
95.12 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest Bhutan census data.  Current values may differ.


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