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Tili in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,277,000 Bengali Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Tili in India

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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.

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The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king forever.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2020-02-28
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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:10 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:1,277,000
Largest States:
West Bengal (934,000)Bihar (144,000)
Assam (108,000)Jharkhand (30,000)
Tripura (22,000)Odisha (8,100)
Andaman and Nicobar Islands (4,100)Delhi (2,500)
Meghalaya (2,300)Chhattisgarh (2,300)
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People Name in Country: Tili
People Name General: Tili
Alternate People Names:
तीली (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 113787
Joshua Project People ID: 18254
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,277,000
Population all Countries: 1,352,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Tili
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Bengali (871,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ben    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Hindi (131,000)Assamese (48,000)
Angika (13,000)Maithili (11,000)
Odia (3,100)Kok Borok (400)
Andaman Hindi Creole (400)
Total Languages: 8
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism100.00 % 
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
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: 1800-1980
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1809-2022
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
Film / VideoGod's Love Story
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoRivka video
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
Film / VideoThe Savior 3 - Woman at the Well
Film / VideoThe Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralWalk with the Prophets and meet the Mess ...
GeneralZume Resources
GeneralZume Training
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
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Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app from Google Pla ...
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Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible: Bengali
Text / Printed MatterBible: Bengali
Text / Printed MatterBible: Bengali
Text / Printed MatterBible: Comic Book Version
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterChrist for the Nations
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Bengali
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path
Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
Text / Printed MatterTopical Scripture booklets and Bible stu ...
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Tili in India

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People Cluster
    South Asia Hindu - other     Asia, South    
      Tili India    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Tili in India          
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      Hinduism     Bengali  
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