Tanti (Hindu traditions) in India


Population
4,652,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Tanti people are found across the northeastern portion of India. The greatest concentration is believed to be in the province 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. They 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.


What Are Their Lives Like?

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 home would have had a loom and cloth present. 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 India 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 of India. They are also near the bottom of the nation economically. 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?

In terms of beliefs, the majority of Tantis are Hindu. Many are born into Hinduism and like others in India believe that to be who they are as a people means to be Hindu. There is also a sizable portion who are Muslim and this number continues to grow. One difficulty with this group, as with others in India, is to separate the cultural identity from the religious beliefs. As they understand that they can be Indian and Tanti, without being Hindu, it will ease the introduction and acceptance of the Gospel.


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.


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Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-10-20
People Name General Tanti (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Tanti (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 4,652,000
World Population 4,849,900
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 93
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
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
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Group Tanti (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25c
Total Subgroups on file 20
Largest Subgroups
(only 15 largest shown)
Ashwini
114,000
Balorami
114,000
Madhukari
114,000
Purandari
114,000
Maghaiya
51,000
Kanaujia
50,000
Tirhutia
50,000
Gala
37,000
Kandu
37,000
Matia
37,000
Rangani
37,000
Hansia
28,000
Ucha
20,000
Nicha
10,000
Basak
5,500
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Group Tanti (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25c
Total Subgroups 20 (only 15 largest shown)
  Ashwini 114,000
  Balorami 114,000
  Madhukari 114,000
  Purandari 114,000
  Maghaiya 51,000
  Kanaujia 50,000
  Tirhutia 50,000
  Gala 37,000
  Kandu 37,000
  Matia 37,000
  Rangani 37,000
  Hansia 28,000
  Ucha 20,000
  Nicha 10,000
  Basak 5,500
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 31
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Bihar
1,921,000
West Bengal
1,564,000
Odisha
525,000
Jharkhand
339,000
Assam
152,000
Tripura
108,000
Uttar Pradesh
8,100
Andaman and Nicobar
6,300
Delhi
4,700
Chhattisgarh
4,200
Meghalaya
4,100
Arunachal Pradesh
3,400
Nagaland
2,500
Maharashtra
2,100
Madhya Pradesh
1,800
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 31  (only 20 largest shown)
  Bihar 1,921,000
  West Bengal 1,564,000
  Odisha 525,000
  Jharkhand 339,000
  Assam 152,000
  Tripura 108,000
  Uttar Pradesh 8,100
  Andaman and Nicobar 6,300
  Delhi 4,700
  Chhattisgarh 4,200
  Meghalaya 4,100
  Arunachal Pradesh 3,400
  Nagaland 2,500
  Maharashtra 2,100
  Madhya Pradesh 1,800
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (1,773,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 18
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Hindi
1,585,000
Odia
530,000
Maithili
343,000
Bhojpuri
198,000
Assamese
116,000
Magahi
45,000
Angika
26,000
Panchpargania
17,000
Kok Borok
5,400
Sadri
2,000
Santhali
1,900
Mundari
1,900
Kurux
1,700
Andaman Creole Hindi
600
Kui
500
Other People Groups Speaking Bengali
Primary Language Bengali (1,773,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 18
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Hindi 1,585,000
  Odia 530,000
  Maithili 343,000
  Bhojpuri 198,000
  Assamese 116,000
  Magahi 45,000
  Angika 26,000
  Panchpargania 17,000
  Kok Borok 5,400
  Sadri 2,000
  Santhali 1,900
  Mundari 1,900
  Kurux 1,700
  Andaman Creole Hindi 600
  Kui 500
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 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 - 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
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.01 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.99 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.




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