Tanti (Hindu traditions) in India


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Subgroups: 20 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
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

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.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-10-20
People Name General Tanti (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Tanti (Hindu traditions)
World Population 4,884,900
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 94
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 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
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
1,926,000
West Bengal
1,575,000
Odisha
529,000
Jharkhand
350,000
Assam
152,000
Tripura
108,000
Uttar Pradesh
8,200
Andaman and Nicobar
6,300
Delhi
4,700
Meghalaya
4,300
Chhattisgarh
4,200
Arunachal Pradesh
3,400
Nagaland
2,600
Manipur
2,500
Maharashtra
2,100
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 1,926,000
  West Bengal 1,575,000
  Odisha 529,000
  Jharkhand 350,000
  Assam 152,000
  Tripura 108,000
  Uttar Pradesh 8,200
  Andaman and Nicobar 6,300
  Delhi 4,700
  Meghalaya 4,300
  Chhattisgarh 4,200
  Arunachal Pradesh 3,400
  Nagaland 2,600
  Manipur 2,500
  Maharashtra 2,100
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (1,790,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 18
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Hindi
1,590,000
Odia
528,000
Maithili
343,000
Bhojpuri
198,000
Assamese
116,000
Magahi
46,000
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
Primary Language Bengali (1,790,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 18
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Hindi 1,590,000
  Odia 528,000
  Maithili 343,000
  Bhojpuri 198,000
  Assamese 116,000
  Magahi 46,000
  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
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
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.01 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.92 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.07 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
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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