Teli Sribastab in India

The Teli Sribastab 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.

Introduction / History

The Sribastab Teli community is considered lower middle class in India's caste-based society. The Telis are an occupational caste, traditionally in the business of oil-pressing and in the manufacture and trade of oil and similar oil-based products. The Sribastab is one of their subgroups. They look to Shiva, the destroyer god, for their origins. The Teli live in many states across North India. Due to inter-state immigration in India and rapid urbanization, they have now spread all across the entire nation. The primary language of the Sribastab is Hindi.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Traditionally the job of the Teli was laboring in pressing and extraction of oils from nuts and seeds for cooking purposes. Since the introduction of modern industrial manufacturing, the Teli have had to look for new occupations. Today many work for the government, in teaching, running small businesses and in agriculture.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Sribastab practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Shiva and Vishnu are their patron gods. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain "moksha" or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Teli visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods as Christians do. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. The main yearly holidays of the Teli 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. The caste system divides Hindus into four main categories - Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and the Shudras. Dalits and tribal peoples are outside of the caste system. The Teli fit into the Shudra or working caste.


What Are Their Needs?

The Sribastab need to learn new job skills and to obtain university educations. More important is that the Teli need to hear and understand the message of Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and grant them eternal life.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Teli Sribastab in India.

* Pray for increased occupational and educational opportunities for the Teli. * Pray that the gospel might penetrate Sribastab hearts thus breaking any spiritual stronghold that prevents them from enjoying life to the full. * Pray for workers to go to the Teli to share the gospel. * Pray for a disciple making movement to Christ among the Teli this decade.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Teli Sribastab
People Name in Country Teli Sribastab
Population this Country 296,000
Population all Countries 296,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 6
Alternate Names टेली सृिबस्तब
People ID 21262
ROP3 Code 118085
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 7
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
214,000
Chhattisgarh
30,000
Bihar
23,000
Jharkhand
20,000
Madhya Pradesh
5,300
Rajasthan
300
Delhi
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 7
  Uttar Pradesh 214,000
  Chhattisgarh 30,000
  Bihar 23,000
  Jharkhand 20,000
  Madhya Pradesh 5,300
  Rajasthan 300
  Delhi 90
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (211,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 14
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri
27,000
Chhattisgarhi
19,000
Bundeli
9,300
Kanauji
6,600
Magahi
6,000
Bagheli
5,200
Awadhi
4,200
Maithili
3,700
Bengali
1,800
Angika
400
Sadri
300
Dhundari
100
Malvi
90
Primary Language Hindi (211,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 14
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri 27,000
  Chhattisgarhi 19,000
  Bundeli 9,300
  Kanauji 6,600
  Magahi 6,000
  Bagheli 5,200
  Awadhi 4,200
  Maithili 3,700
  Bengali 1,800
  Angika 400
  Sadri 300
  Dhundari 100
  Malvi 90
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1835-2012)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Hindi
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
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 Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Four Spiritual Laws
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.
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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