Tamang in Bhutan

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Tamang
Photo Source:  Kerry Olson 
Map Source:  People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Tamang
Country: Bhutan
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 9,700
World Population: 1,748,500
Primary Language: Nepali
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Christian Adherents: 3.59 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Himalaya
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction

The name Tamang means "horse trader." They are generally very poor people. The majority of Tamang follow Tibetan Buddhism, but mix this heavily with animism and to a lesser extent, with Hinduism. Their priests, or lamas, have a dominant role in the community and perform ceremonies for funerals, etc. Perhaps the most powerful person in society, however, is the shaman, who exorcises demons and interacts with the spirit world. Most of the Tamang live in Nepal.

Ministry Obstacles

The area is more open to outsiders than it has been in previous times, but there is still some difficulty in entering.

Outreach Ideas

The smaller Tamang group in India has a signicant number of Christian believers. Perhaps these followers of Christ will see the need to carry the Gospel to the remainder of their own people in Nepal. Please pray to this end.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are some followers of Jesus today among the Tamang of Nepal. Pray for these, and for those others the Lord will soon bring to himself. Pray they will seek each other out in order to fellowship together. Pray they will be zealous to know Christ, and follow his ways.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for the entire Tamang community to be able to care well for their families, to find ways to generate income and meet basic needs. Pray they will make schooling a priority for their children.

Text Source:   Joshua Project