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|People Cluster:||South Asia Hindu - other|
|Affinity Bloc:||South Asian Peoples|
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.
They are scattered throughout India but concentrated in West Bengal. A smaller number live in Bangladesh.
Vermilion, bracelets, a finger-ring, earrings, 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 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.
The Tili people desperately need the oil of the Holy Spirit to bless their communities.
Pray for disciplers to go to the Tili people and teach them to obey all Jesus taught.
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.