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Tamang in Bangladesh


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
700 Tamang, Eastern Buddhism 2.29 % Unknown   

Tamang in Bangladesh

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Introduction / History
The name Tamang means "horse trader." They were involved with a long war with their rivals, the Gurkhas, who eventually defeated them. The Tamangs once had forced labor obligations. Their land was divided by clan. They have about 100 clans. Most of the Tamang live in Nepal or India, but there are smaller numbers of them in Bangladesh and Bhutan.

What are their lives like?
They are generally very poor, yet they enjoy festivals, music and cultural events. They have their own song and dance style called Tamang Selo. These songs can be about sorrow, humor, joy or satire. Their main festival is Sonam Lhochhar. It welcomes the new year in February or March.

What are their beliefs?
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.

What are their needs?
The Tamang community in India has a significant number of Christian believers. Perhaps these followers of Christ will carry the gospel to their own people in Nepal and Bangladesh.

Prayer Points
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 Tamang community to be able to care well for their families, to find ways to generate income and meet basic needs. Pray for a powerful movement to Christ among Tamang families in Bangladesh.

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Country: Bangladesh
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:30 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:700
Largest Provinces:
Rajshahi (300)Chittagong (300)
Rangpur (70)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Tamang
People Name General: Tamang
Alternate People Names:
Eastern TamangIshang
ROP3 Code: 102861
Joshua Project People ID: 18212
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 700
Population all Countries: 2,034,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Buddhist
People Name General: Tamang
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Tamang, Eastern (500 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): taj    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Nepali (200)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism62.32 % 
Christianity2.29 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism35.39 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
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
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2005
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Tamang, Eastern
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
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Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
Text / Printed MatterBible: Tamang, Eastern
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Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path
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Tamang in Bangladesh

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People Cluster
    South Asia Buddhist     Asia, South    
      Tamang Bangladesh    
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            Tamang in Bangladesh          
      Religion Language  
      Buddhism     Tamang, Eastern  
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