Teli (Hindu traditions) in Nepal


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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction

"A community which derives its name from the Sanskrit word talika or taila, used for the oil extracted from sesame and mustard, thus alluding to their traditional occupation... Mythological origin of the Teli is traced to Lord Shiva who created them to destroy five demons. However, their legend also says that the first Teli was created by Shiva to rub him with oil." (Singh, K. S., India's Communities, p. 3462) Much of this oil-pressing caste has developed into small village grocers and merchants, demonstrating upward socio-economic mobility.


Ministry Obstacles

The perception of Christiandom as an invading influence that breaks up families and promotes many social problems is a serious obstacle to Teli families and communities humbly accepting God's blessing for families through Jesus.


Outreach Ideas

Pray for discovery Bible studies to spread rapidly in blessing whole Teli families and communities.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are a few followers of Christ among the Teli. Pray that these will be fruitful and effective in sharing God's Word and blessing to strengthen their own families and spread God's blessing to other Teli households.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray that a strong movement to Jesus will bring whole Teli families and communities into a rich experience of God's blessing.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Teli (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Teli (Hindu traditions)
Population in Nepal 359,000
World Population 19,144,400
Total Countries 5
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 7
Alternate Names Badbaik, Balu, Devi-Telikula, Gachhi, Gandla, Ganiga, Ganigaru, Ganita, Goundla, Gunigan, Gunija, Hansari, Harsolia, Kalu, Kanala, Malik, Maliks, Modh Ganchi, Murmi, Rathor, Sahu, Sahu Samaj, Somakshatriya, Taili, Tailik, Teli Telukula, Telikula, Telipal, Telwain, Tili, Tilwan, Vaniyan, टेली (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 18229
ROP3 Code 113757
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Group Teli (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25r
Total Subgroups on file 6
Largest Subgroups
Kalu কালু
4,600
Kanaujia
4,500
Jaunpuria
3,700
Rathor
3,200
Byahut
3,000
Jaiswal
400
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Group Teli (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25r
Total Subgroups 6
  Kalu কালু 4,600
  Kanaujia 4,500
  Jaunpuria 3,700
  Rathor 3,200
  Byahut 3,000
  Jaiswal 400
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 25  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 14
Largest States
Janakpur
104,000
Narayani
91,000
Sagarmatha
76,000
Lumbini
33,000
Kosi
33,000
Bagmati
8,800
Mechi
5,800
Bheri
4,400
Gandaki
1,000
Seti
800
Rapti
300
Mahakali
200
Karnali
200
Dhaulagiri
200
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 25  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 14
  Janakpur 104,000
  Narayani 91,000
  Sagarmatha 76,000
  Lumbini 33,000
  Kosi 33,000
  Bagmati 8,800
  Mechi 5,800
  Bheri 4,400
  Gandaki 1,000
  Seti 800
  Rapti 300
  Mahakali 200
  Karnali 200
  Dhaulagiri 200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Maithili (262,000 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 11
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri
77,000
Awadhi
16,000
Nepali
5,000
Magahi
2,900
Hindi
2,400
Angika
2,100
Rangpuri
600
Kumaoni
100
Bengali
100
Dotyali
40
Other People Groups Speaking Maithili
Primary Language Maithili (262,000 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 11
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri 77,000
  Awadhi 16,000
  Nepali 5,000
  Magahi 2,900
  Hindi 2,400
  Angika 2,100
  Rangpuri 600
  Kumaoni 100
  Bengali 100
  Dotyali 40
People Groups Speaking Maithili

Primary Language:  Maithili

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2010)
Bible-Complete No
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 (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Maithili
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Good News (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Maithili
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible: jivən səndesh
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.02 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.14 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.83 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.01 %
Photo Source Etan Doronne  Creative Commons  Used with permission
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest Nepal census data.  Current values may differ.


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