Tili in India


Population
989,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction

The Tili derive their name from the Sanskrit word talika, or taila, used for the oil extracted from sesame and mustard, thus referring to their traditional occupation. There are many subgroups, perhaps more than 100. Vermilion, bracelets, a finger-ring, ear-rings, and a nose-stud are the symbols of married women, but this varies by location. Marriage is solemnized according to Hindu Vedic rites at the bride's residence. They traditionally do not accept food from lower castes such as the Chamar, Sansi, Gadhilla, Dade, and Bangalee. They are Hindu and worship family, village and regional deities, such as Ganesh, Manasa, Kali, Thakurani, and Gamota. They have sacred specialists from their own and other communities who perform rites connected with life-cycle rituals and who treat diseases.


Ministry Obstacles

Most Hindu Tili live in West Bengal. There are believers in this state, but many are nominal believers. There are relatively few thriving, Biblically-based churches.


Outreach Ideas

Most Hindu Tili speak the Bengali language, and there is a wealth of resources available in that language. Please pray for widespread scripture availability, as well as other resources such as Gospel recordings and the Jesus film.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

Once the Tili people begin to come to Christ in saving faith they will need disciplers, mature Christians who can help them grow properly in the faith.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray this caste group will be given an interest in Jesus, and that they will be accurately taught who he is and what he has done on their behalf. Pray for the light of the Gospel to penetrate the spiritual darkness.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Tili
People Name in Country Tili
Population in India 989,000
World Population 1,073,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 20 to 23
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names तीली (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 18254
ROP3 Code 113787
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 28
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
West Bengal
(722,000)
Bihar
(122,000)
Assam
(80,000)
Jharkhand
(23,000)
Tripura
(17,000)
Odisha
(6,400)
Andaman and Nicobar
(3,500)
Delhi
(2,100)
Meghalaya
(2,000)
Chhattisgarh
(1,800)
Manipur
(1,700)
Uttar Pradesh
(1,400)
Maharashtra
(1,400)
Nagaland
(1,000)
Madhya Pradesh
(900)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 28  (only 20 largest shown)
  West Bengal (722,000)
  Bihar (122,000)
  Assam (80,000)
  Jharkhand (23,000)
  Tripura (17,000)
  Odisha (6,400)
  Andaman and Nicobar (3,500)
  Delhi (2,100)
  Meghalaya (2,000)
  Chhattisgarh (1,800)
  Manipur (1,700)
  Uttar Pradesh (1,400)
  Maharashtra (1,400)
  Nagaland (1,000)
  Madhya Pradesh (900)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (777,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
Hindi
(128,000)
Assamese
(56,000)
Maithili
(10,000)
Angika
(9,900)
Odia
(2,500)
Andaman Creole Hindi
(400)
Kok Borok
(200)
People Groups Speaking Bengali
Primary Language Bengali (777,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
  Hindi (128,000)
  Assamese (56,000)
  Maithili (10,000)
  Angika (9,900)
  Odia (2,500)
  Andaman Creole Hindi (400)
  Kok Borok (200)
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 Bengali Bible stories
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
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2017  Isudas  All rights reserved.  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 India census data.  Current values may differ.


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