Tanti (Hindu traditions) in Nepal


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Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
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* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Subgroups: 3

Subgroup Name Population
Maghaiya 2,000
Tirhutia 2,000
Kanaujia 1,200

Introduction / History

The Tanti people are found across the northeastern portion of India. The greatest concentration is in 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 Odisha.
The Tanti 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.


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.
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 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.


Prayer Points

Pray for their need for clean water to be met.
Pray for a desire among the Tantri to investigate the claims of Jesus Christ.
Pray for a Disciple Making Movement that will bless the Tanti people.
Pray for the Lord to send out dedicated workers to the Tanti people to disciple them to make more disciples.


Scripture Prayers for the Tanti (Hindu traditions) in Nepal.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Tanti (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Tanti (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation TAHN-tee
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)
Population this Country 123,000
Population all Countries 6,205,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
People ID 18217
ROP3 Code 113743
ROP25 Code 307992
ROP25 Name Tanti
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file 10
Largest States
Janakpur
52,000
Narayani
35,000
Sagarmatha
27,000
Kosi
5,300
Mechi
600
Bagmati
500
Seti
200
Lumbini
100
Bheri
100
Gandaki
50
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States 10
  Janakpur 52,000
  Narayani 35,000
  Sagarmatha 27,000
  Kosi 5,300
  Mechi 600
  Bagmati 500
  Seti 200
  Lumbini 100
  Bheri 100
  Gandaki 50
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.19 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.15 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
98.97 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.69 %
* From latest Nepal census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Maithili (93,000 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri
9,900
Nepali
900
Magahi
500
Bengali
300
Angika
300
Rangpuri
20
Primary Language Maithili (93,000 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri 9,900
  Nepali 900
  Magahi 500
  Bengali 300
  Angika 300
  Rangpuri 20
People Groups Speaking Maithili

Primary Language:  Maithili

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2010)
Bible-Complete No
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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Maithili Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
General Zume Resources Zume Project
General Zume Training Zume Project
Mobile App Android Bible app: Maithili YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file Faith Comes by Hearing
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Maithili YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Children and youth resources One Hope
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book General / Other
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Maithili Literacy & Evangelism International
Text / Printed Matter The Ancient Path Live Global
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies World Missionary Press
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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