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"Tamang language
90% ""Dharma wheel.svg "Buddhism
10% other (including ""Om.svg "Hinduism)
A Tamang Woman
Buddhist Lama of the Tamang People, "Tistung, "Nepal

The Tamang ཏ་མང ("Devnagari: तामाङ; tāmāng), are believed to be migrants from Tibet and the "Himalayan regions of "tibet and "china, their ancestral land is called "lhasa.[1]["better source needed] They are the aborigines of Tibet. Traditionally Buddhist by religion, Tamangs are the largest "Tibeto-Burman ethnic group within Nepal, constituting 5.6% of the national population of over 1.3 million in 2001, increasing to 1,539,830 as of 2011 census,[2] yet contested.[3] Tamangs are also a significant majority in "Sikkim and "Darjeeling District of "West Bengal, "India as permanent settlers;[4][5] their languages are the fifth most spoken in Nepal (note all Tamang languages are not mutually intelligible). They are one of the aborigines who were least affected by Nepalisation.[6] Peculiar to Tamang people are complex marriage restrictions within the community.



1/3 of all deaths were among Tamang people, and roughly 2/3 of the 600,000 structures completely destroyed were in Tamang dominant areas.[7] It is the poverty, neglect and outright discrimination against Tamangs that makes them even more vulnerable to disasters like earthquakes, landslides and floods—Anthropologist Mukta Singh Lama.[7]

In Nepal, until 1950, Tamangs were neither accepted into government posts, whether administrative, judicial or political, nor allowed to accept foreign employment, serving as a labour pool for the ruling class.[4] But nowadays, Tamangs are highly respected as Buddhist Monks (priest) as "rinpoche, khempo. In many Tamang Villages, there is still a tradition of sending the second son to study Buddhism and preferably to remain in the Monastery, and serve as a Buddhist Monk throughout his life. Tamangs have also served as Gurkha soldiers (brigadier, colonel, IGP, inspector ) in the British Gurkha army, Singapore police, Indian army and police and Nepalese army and police.

The Nepal Government has considered that the empowerment of Tamang community is essential to in order to increase the living standard of the people. On August 3 the Nepalese parliament adopted a bill amending the Civil Service Act 1993. The amendments provide reservations for disadvantaged groups by allocating 45 percent of the jobs in the bureaucracy to these groups.

Today they inhabit the borders of Nepal and Tibet, due to marginalization from Kathmandu, and are among the groups hardest hit by the "April 2015 Nepal earthquake.

Political participation[edit]

Tamangs are represented by Tamsaling Rastriya Mukti Morcha and "Tamsaling Nepal Rastriya Dal, neither of which holds any seats in Parliament. The umbrella group "Mongol National Organisation supports self-determination and works against said discrimination not just for Tamangs but for all Mongoloid groups in Nepal. Mongol National is against conversion to Hinduism of non-Hindus, but it holds no official parliamentary vote. "Federal Limbuwan State Council (FLSC) also works towards similar goals for "self-determination for the "Kirati peoples, who co-mingle with Tamangs, citing a reneged treaty with Kathmandu for autonomy.[8] The associated Sanghiya Limbuwan Party has participated in calling "banda during the "2015 Nepal blockade,[9] nevertheless international press had not only failed to take note of their bandh, but even pretended not to notice their very existence and instead focused intently on 4 party India-backed Madhesi Morcha actions, geopolitical concerns with "China, as "Limbuwan also opposes both the Madhesi goals as well as Kathmandu's domination.[10] However, there is rationale to India and Western nation's denial of information about Limbuwan actions during the fuel blockade, in the 1980s, a violent "Gorkhaland movement within "India was led by the prominent Tamang "Subhas Ghising to which India had viewed as a security threat due to the proximity of "India's chicken neck.[5] "Madan Tamang, a Tamang-Indian politician, and proponent for Gorkhaland statehood, was assassinated in 2010, with "West Bengal government placing blame on another Gorkhaland political party, in effect weakening the movement. "Gorkhaland Territorial Administration was then created in place of statehood in "India, nevertheless across the border, ethnic discrimination issues regarding the numerous Mongoloid groups (who have taken part in each other's politics) are left unresolved within Nepal. In 2017 Binay Tamang was appointed as the Chairperson of GTA.[11]


Tamang Gompa, Jorpati (02)

The religion is considered by Tamangs as "Nyingma tradition of "Vajrayana Buddhism, the earliest form of Buddhism to come to Nepal/Tibet with Padmasambhava, and due to geopolitical focus on Tibet, Tamangs hold their beliefs are also largely ignored by Western scholars.[4] Tamang have "gompas (monasteries) in every sizeable village. Every family has their special Buddhist Yidam and book to practice every morning. The Tamangs retain jhankris (shamans) in addition to their "Lama clan (Tamang) (priests), the latter whose surnames are also Lama. Additionally there exists the honorific term Lama (honorific), assigned to all Tamang regardless of kinship clan (swagen bhai). This is not to be confused with "Lama of Tibet or the "Sherpa Lama surname and clan. These jhankris perform certain rites such as trances and sacrifices to alleviate problems or assure good fortune.[4] According to the 2001 census["citation needed], 90.3% of the Tamang people follow Buddhism that makes up 47.3% of the total in the country. Hence, Tamang are the largest population who follow Buddhism in Nepal.


Tamang was derived from the word Tamag, where Ta means “horse”, and Mag means “rider”. [12]



Sonam Lhochhar is the main festival of the Tamangs and is celebrated in the month on Magh (February - March).[13] It is a celebrated to welcome the Tamang new year.

Colorful flags, printed Buddhist "mantra and cloths are put up in various places in the village.[2] Tamang have a song called " "Tamang Selo" that is performed with the "Damplu instrument, also known as Damphoo Dance, having a brisk movement and rhythmic beat specific to the Tamangs.[5]

The second most important festival is Saga Dawa (Buddha Jayanti) and is celebrated as a religious festival.[14]

"Dashain and "Tihar (festival) is also celebrated with much enthusiasm by Tamangs.[2]


""Hira Devi Waiba - A Tamang and Pioneer of Nepali Folk Songs.
Hira Devi Waiba - A Tamang and Pioneer of Nepali Folk Songs.

Most Tamangs are farmers, engaged in "agriculture. Due to the lack of irrigation at higher altitudes, their crops are often limited to corn, millet, wheat, barley, and potatoes. They often supplement their farming income with manual labour. Due to the discrimination experienced by the Tamang people in the past, they have remained on the whole poorly educated, and the majority have been limited to working in farming, mountain trekking, portering, and in driving in Kathmandu. They also work in construction of Tibetan rugs, Thankas (Tibetan painting), driving, labour and trekking.[4] As far as farming is concerned, Tamang are dependent on rainfall and do not employ modern machinery.[2]

Tamangs are known in Nepali Art/Music of Nepal. Some prominent names are: singer- "Hira Devi Waiba,[15]singer- "Kunti Moktan,[16] 2007 Indian Idol Winner, singer- "Prashant Tamang,[17]Miss Nepal World 2009 and Model/Actor - "Zenisha Moktan,[18]singer-"Nima Rumba,[19]singer- "Aruna Lama,[20]singer, musician - "Karma Yonzon, composer- "Gopal Yonjan .[21]

Kinship clans[edit]

Thars ("Tamang language:Swagen Bhai) are exogamous clans with complex intermarriage restrictions. There are over 39 listed swagen bhai in one study.[2]

Origins and history[edit]

Tamangs have long inhabited Kathmandu Valley and the hills of Nepal in general, yet the origins of Tamang are exactly from tibet, yet they believe they are indigenous to the area had once ruled lhasa. They have beliefs that they have been descended from bhote which is called as "mugu district in modern district.[4]

Trekking and tourism[edit]

Tamang villages are often visited on Nepal's numerous trekking routes, one being labelled Tamang Heritage Trail.[22] They also work as porters and the chances are that the porters and guides on a Trek are more likely to be a Tamang than an actual "Sherpa.[4]


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