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Tirmali in India

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
17,000 Marathi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Tirmali in India

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Introduction / History
For hundreds of years the Tirmali had no permanent residence. They performed sacred dramas and danced for Shiva as they moved from one area to another. Their women sold trinkets and traditional medicines. As a result of their lifestyle, they had no civil rights, voting record or schools to educate their children.

The Tirmali are a Scheduled Caste meaning they are eligible for public jobs and special university admissions. The main language of the Tirmali is Marathi. Many Christian resources are available in Marathi. Many Tirmali also speak Hindi.

Where are they located?
The Tirmali people are scattered throughout western India. Most live in the state of Maharashtra.

What are their lives like?
In the early 1990s the elders of the caste decided to change the way the Tirmali people lived. They were given land by the government and became farmers. Slowly they learned their new trade. Their children began attending school and a few have become college graduates.

The Tirmali marry within their group. Families arrange marriages. Marriage to one spouse is the norm. Sons inherit the property of their father. A caste council of elders settles legal disputes and promotes their interests.

The main foods of the Tirmali are rice, maize, wheat, vegetables, fruit and dairy products. As Hindus, they will not eat beef.

What are their beliefs?
The Tirmali people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve selected gods of the Hindu pantheon. The Tirmali pay particular devotion to Shiva, the destroyer god. The Tirmali offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits.

The main yearly holidays of the Tirmali people are Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the celebration of autumn and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.

What are their needs?
The Tirmali need help in increasing the crop yield of their land. Many lack access to modern medicine. They need to see Christianity demonstrated to them in practical ways. Most of all, they need to hear and understand the message about Jesus Christ. He alone can show them the way to the Father.

Prayer Points
Pray for networks of believing Tirmali families and fellowships that will throw the doors open for others to follow Jesus.
Pray for the Lord to bless the families among the Tirmali people with His presence and mercy.
Pray for believers among this people group to disciple others who will disciple still others.
Pray for Bible believing fellowships and churches among the Tirmali people.


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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:17,000
Largest States:
Maharashtra (13,000)Madhya Pradesh (3,000)
Gujarat (600)Karnataka (100)
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People Name in Country: Tirmali
People Name General: Tirmali
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 113791
Joshua Project People ID: 18257
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 17,000
Population all Countries: 17,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Tirmali
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Marathi (8,300 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mar    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Hindi (1,700)Ahirani (1,400)
Telugu (1,000)Nimadi (900)
Gujarati (500)Khandesi (300)
Kannada (40)Konkani (30)
Konkani, Goan (20)
Total Languages: 10
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: 1807-1957
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1821-2022
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 Audio Scripture
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture / Bible
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Marathi
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralZume Resources
GeneralZume Training
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app from Google Pla ...
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible: Marathi
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Marathi
Text / Printed MatterLove letter to you from scripture
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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Tirmali in India

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People Cluster
    South Asia Hindu - other     Asia, South    
      Tirmali India    
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