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Tamboli (Hindu traditions) in India

Tamboli (Hindu traditions)

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
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Tamboli (Hindu traditions) in India

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Introduction / History
The Tamboli can go by the names Tambuli, Tamli and Tamuli. Their name comes from the word "tambool" which means "big leaf" in Sanskrit. They sell betel leaves and this is what their name derives from. They are said to have Brahmin influences. Many of the Tamboli call themselves Suryavanshi which has to do with the sun god Surya.

Where are they located?
The Tamboli Hindu live in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar and Orissa. They also live in Rajasthan where they are called Chaurasia.

What are their lives like?
The Tamboli mix with castes above them, but not with lower castes. Castes above them will accept food and water from the Tamboli.

Traditionally they grow and sell betel, but some work in government or private sector jobs. Some work as farm laborers. Not many can read or write. Education is less for girls than for boys.

Most Tamboli are non-vegetarian but still refrain from eating beef and pork.

Tamboli marriages have to be at community level. Monogamy is the most common way in marriage. There are few divorces. Tamboli women, though considered lower than men, have a say in families and some work as teachers among other things.

Family property is given to the sons and not the daughters. There must be no interaction between father-in-laws and daughter-in-laws nor with the brother of the husband and the wife of the younger brother. The Tamboli caste council in the villages judges on things like divorce, adultery and stealing. Fines are often given.

The Tamboli usually speak the language of their region.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2010-10-29
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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: South Asia
Persecution Rank:11 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:1,879,000
Largest States:
Maharashtra (422,000)West Bengal (400,000)
Bihar (276,000)Uttar Pradesh (271,000)
Madhya Pradesh (215,000)Karnataka (96,000)
Odisha (59,000)Telangana (33,000)
Chhattisgarh (30,000)Jharkhand (19,000)
Total States on file:28
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Tamboli (Hindu traditions)
People Name General: Tamboli (Hindu traditions)
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 113730
Joshua Project People ID: 18210
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,879,000
Population all Countries: 2,191,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Hindi
People Name General: Tamboli (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Hindi (672,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): hin    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Bengali (346,000)Marathi (319,000)
Kannada (112,000)Bhojpuri (85,000)
Awadhi (59,000)Odia (56,000)
Konkani, Goan (40,000)Telugu (35,000)
Maithili (35,000)Chhattisgarhi (23,000)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 35
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism97.12 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small2.88 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1806-1962
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1818-2000
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Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
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Film / VideoCreation to Christ (
Film / VideoFathers Love Letter
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoHaqeeqat Episode 6 (
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoRivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoTen Virgins (
Film / VideoThe Final Prodigal (
Film / VideoThe Hope Video: View in Hindi
Film / VideoThe Price of Life (
Film / VideoYeshu Satsang (
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
GeneralYeshu Samaj
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible
Text / Printed MatterBible: Hindi Holy Bible
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Text / Printed MatterChrist for the Nations
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Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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