Tirmali in India

The Tirmali have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Subgroups: 1

Subgroup Name Population
Kashikapdi 200

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

* Scripture Prayers for the Tirmali in India.

* 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.


References

https://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/National/2016-08-10/After-6-decades-of-Independence-Tirmali-people-get-a-postal-address-/247753
https://ruralindiaonline.org/articles/we-are-now-self-reliant-and-organised


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Tirmali
People Name in Country Tirmali
World Population 14,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Joshi; Kashikapadi; Kashikapdi; Kasikapadu; Nandavale; Nandivale; Nandiwala; Nandor; Nandwana; Sarode; Timaliya; टिरमली
People ID 18257
ROP3 Code 113791
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 4
Largest States
Maharashtra
11,000
Madhya Pradesh
2,600
Gujarat
500
Karnataka
90
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 4
  Maharashtra 11,000
  Madhya Pradesh 2,600
  Gujarat 500
  Karnataka 90
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Marathi (8,300 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
Hindi
1,700
Ahirani
1,400
Telugu
1,000
Nimadi
900
Gujarati
500
Khandesi
300
Kannada
40
Konkani
30
Konkani, Goan
20
Primary Language Marathi (8,300 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 1,700
  Ahirani 1,400
  Telugu 1,000
  Nimadi 900
  Gujarati 500
  Khandesi 300
  Kannada 40
  Konkani 30
  Konkani, Goan 20
People Groups Speaking Marathi

Primary Language:  Marathi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1807-1957)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1982)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1821-2015)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Virtual Storehouse
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Marathi
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Marathi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: मराठी - Marathi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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